Welcome to the maiden issue of the Africa Peace and Security Monitor. As we embark on this project, we pledge to meet, and indeed surpass, your expectations by providing you detailed and in-depth analysis of African peace and security issues. We look forward to feedback and two-way dialogue with our readers and welcome your comments, contributions and responses to our publication.
The Africa Peace and Security Monitor is published by Africa Peace Support, LLC, a New York based International Consulting firm. For the time being, it will be published on a quarterly basis. The publication was established to respond to the need of African governments, international and regional organizations, the private sector and civil society institutions for strategic political analysis on key political and security issues affecting African countries, particularly those experiencing political and security tensions.
We aim to focus international attention on peace and security issues affecting the Africa region by reporting on efforts to address issues of conflict and security on the continent. A key aspect of our reporting will be in-depth review and analysis of current and emerging threats to peace and security in Africa, including recommendations by experts on best approaches for tackling and addressing those threats. We will also look at the nature of international engagement in respect of these conflicts.
To this end, we would like to express our deep appreciation to Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, former President of ECOWAS and Ambassador Tuliameni Kalomoh, former United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs for their goodwill messages, which have set the tone for this publication.
We strongly believe that through the Africa Peace and Security Monitor, we can start a very important dialogue toward creating and maintaining sustainable peace across Africa. Today, we see armed conflicts and crises defining the African political landscape. It is critical, therefore, to first provide an understanding of these conflicts, their management and often competing visions of the way forward in post conflict era that could define African relations with the larger international community. It is not enough for non-African actors to dominate the management of these conflicts at the governmental and non-governmental levels, beginning with the humanitarian dimension to the restructuring of society and state. Through Africa Peace and Security Monitor, we hope to bring African viewpoints that factor these complexities into policy calculus to the table.
Shola J. Omoregie