On Friday 6 March, Abigail Watson, the Research Manager at Oxford Research Group’s Remote Warfare Programme, and Megan Karlshoej-Pedersen, the Research and Policy Officer at the same programme, gave an online lecture to students of the University of Tyumen, Russia. 

The presentation emphasised the need for more consistent coordination among international allies when they engage in regions that are congested spaces for remote warfare, particularly the Sahel. At the same time, they stressed that there must also be more effective communication with the governments of host nations and civil society – both in the UK and abroad.

In their lecture, Abigail and Megan described the dangers of the current light-footprint engagements – by the UK and many others – in Africa, highlighting how this activity currently risks contributing to greater instability on the continent.

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