Current Date:

Friday, 29 September 2017

The 1st Intellectual Forum

Under the Theme: “Political Stability in African: Constraints and Prospects of the Future”
Khartoum: The High Academy of Strategic and Security Studies
Wednesday September 27th, 2017

1. In line with African countries recognition of the significance of political stability, as a main driving force for development, and, thus, a backbone for any country’s development: the Intellectual form will be convened under the theme “The Political Stability in Africa: Constraints of Prospects of the Future”. The forum will focus, inter alia on organizing a comprehensive dialogue and deliberations on political stability issues, domestic national consensus, and employment of media as tool to lay firm foundations for national constants, peaceful transfer of power, wealth sharing, interlining innovation and creativity-based modern education with comprehensive development.
2. In the same context, the forum adopts a comprehensive concept of political stability which is neither confined to financial aspects, but goes beyond to encapsulate other value and culture-generated aspects. While the forum discusses potential chances of political stability and challenges ahead,; it also sheds light to chances of future transitions through improvement of scientific research systems, activation of the role of scientific centers in pillaring political stability, formulating polices, monitoring an changing negative phenomena and, thus, overcoming obstacles.
3. The forum will be graced by a distinguished group of officials, specialists, experts, intellectual and media personalities; both African and beyond the continent; who have interest in the concept of political stability. It is, therefore, the hope of organizers that their researches and discussions will serve the purpose of political stability in Africa with more visions and creative ideas that will eventually push it forward, thus, serving knowledge-based national goals of African states.

Objectives of the Forum:
4. The Forum intends to achieve the followings:
a. Strategic pursuance of political stability from an intellectual and holistic perspective.
b. Superintendence of a comprehensive dialogue that addresses obstacles of political stability and domestic national consensus.
c. Deepening bonds of inter-intellectual engagements to enable achievement of the anticipated stability through sustainable development.
d. Employment of modern IT to lay firm foundations for issues of national constants, peaceful transfer of power and wealth sharing.
e. Revitalization of the supportive role of research centres to political stability, formulation of policies, overseeing and changing negative phenomena, and overcoming possible obstacles.
f. Paying the necessary attention to education, devotion of resources to knowledge and development to provide a future-oriented vision of the role of education in political stability.
g. Coming up with recommendations, ideas and visions to a prioritization process that contributes favorably to African Countries’ political stability.

Scope of Writing:
5. Session on “Threats of Political Stability in Africa”:
a. Conflicts over power (issues of war and peace, negative political practices, negative forces and armed movements, tendency to use force for settlements rather than compromise).
b. Nature of political regimes’ formations and their impacts on state stability (inequality, dominance, discrimination and marginalization).
c. Border disputes and their negative impacts.
d. Internal conflicts, regional threats and international interventions.
e. Negative employment of media (traditional and digital media) against political stability.
f. The congestion of general political atmosphere through the young and vibrant forces (youth, students and women).
g. Favouring private interests to the public interest; favouring party loyalty to nationalistic loyalty.

6. Session on “Cultural, Social and Ethnic Dimensions in Formulating Political Stability”:
a. Issues of identity and the new upcoming negative values.
b. Challenges and threats of extremism, terrorism, privacy, and illegal immigration.
c. Crises of unemployment, displacements and refugees.
d. Impacts of conflicts on development.

7. Session on “Requirements for Political Stability in Africa”
a. Social and political upbringing based on notions of neighborliness respect and non-escalation of crises.
b. Consolidation and expansion of loyalty and national belonging.
c. Employment of digital and social media to up-bring young generations (youth, student and women).
d. Activation of religious institutions to spread moderate ideology amongst generations (youth, students and women).
e. Significance of the role of young generations in development and as the main driving force for political stability.
f. The role of future-oriented educational vision towards stability (development dimension of modern education, investment in education, vocational education as a locomotive for comprehensive development, and knowledge building for young generations.
g. The role of research centers in supporting stability and formulating policies and countering negative [phenomena.
h. Mechanism to internally reform political systems by benefiting from African relevant experiences; (the national dialogue experiences of Sudan and Tunisia).
i. Mechanisms to reduce political conflicts and boost success chances of democratic process.
j. Transformation of relations between political elites from hostility to a decent competition relation, where the outcome of political activity becomes the ability and willingness to coexist with opponents.
k. The collective efforts to eliminate the phenomena of mercenaries’, trans-national crimes and terrorism.
l. Mechanisms to refrain from harboring rebel opposition groups who exploit political unrest to seize power.