30 November 

On 28 November, Abigail Watson, the Remote Warfare Programme’s Research Manager, joined a research and policy roundtable at the Egmont Institute in Brussels. Organised by Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations, Peace Research Institute (PRIO) and Netherlands Defense Academy (NLDA), the workshop focused on European Security Force Assistance (SFA) and the rise of Great Power competition. In two roundtables academics, practitioners and policy makers, gathered to try and identify differences in motivation and strategy between larger and smaller states practicing SFA.

The event’s goal was to search for strategies and approaches to SFA that have the potential of resulting in sustainable solutions for recipient countries and workable strategies for providing countries.

Drawing upon her research conducted for a recently released report, Abigail’s presentation examined Britain’s SFA activities in Africa. The presentation stressed that, unless more carefully coordinated, the UK’s work has the potential to exacerbate instability in the long term, which will not only have humanitarian consequences but may result in the UK becoming disadvantaged in the fight against great powers.

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