Public event

Behind the problem of conflict and instability in the African Great Lakes Region: Governance

Join us for a discussion between Emmanuel Makumba Mali (Conference Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region) and Julian Wucherpfennig (Hertie School). This event is hosted by the Centre for International Security.

This presentation and discussion will provide a deeper appreciation of the state of the socio-economic, humanitarian and political situation in the African Great Lakes Region. It will also outline possible causes of the conflict and instability in the region, such as:

  • Historical causes, issues of citizenship;
  • Natural resources and poverty paradox;
  • Tenuous state-society relations
  • Stalled democratic agenda, limited institutional capacity, limited security sector reform, corruption
  • Limited natural resources governance and conflict minerals
  • Regional mistrust and regional integration

This event is hosted by the Centre for International Security and will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Julian Wucherpfennig



  • Emmanuel Makumba Mali (PhD) is a diplomat from Zambia who currently serves as the director for democracy and good governance at the Conference Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) based in Burundi. In this role, he oversees the coordination and implementation of regional protocols designed to promote good governance, democracy and mitigation of the illegal exploitation of natural resources that help fund or catalyse conflicts. Prior to joining ICGLR, Emmanuel served as a public policy specialist in the Zambian Cabinet Office, where he was responsible for coordinating public policy formulation to ensure compatibility and effectiveness. Additionally, he has served as a public policy advisor in various diplomatic missions accredited by Zambia, including the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the German Embassy in Zambia/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. He has also served in faith-based and civil society organisations. Emmanuel holds a doctorate in governance and leadership from the University of Lusaka, Zambia; a Master's in Public Policy from the Hertie School, Germany; and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Development Studies from the University of Zambia.


  • Julian Wucherpfennig is Professor of International Affairs and Security at the Hertie School. His research focuses on the strategic nature of political violence and conflict processes, especially ethnic civil war and terrorism. He has been an Assistant Professor and Programme Director for Security Studies at University College London, and a postdoctoral research fellow at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, from where he holds a PhD (2011) and an MA (2008) in political science. He has also been a Research Associate at the Gallup Organisation Europe. His PhD on ethnic conflict was awarded the ECPR Jean Blondel Prize.

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