Schedule

Important dates:

15 February 2021 - Application deadline
20 February 2021 - Final program
23 February 2021 - PowerPoint submission deadline
25-26 February 2021 - Conference
1 May 2021 - Articles submission deadline

Day 1. 25 February 2021

Panel session 1: Summits of great powers on cooperation with Africa

Panel session 2: Healthcare cooperation (COVAX, WHO and regional iniatives in Africa)

Round table: African views on post-COVID recovery & African Agency

Day 2. 26 February 2021

Panel session 3: Transformation of education cooperation within the Continent (new vectors of growth)

Panel session 4: Conflicts & Political Process despite COVID Pandemics

Round table: African digitalization & cyber-security

Detailed Conference Program

Day 1. 25 February 2021

Welcoming address session

11.00
11.10

Welcoming address by the First Vice-Rector - Vice-Rector for Research of the RUDN University, Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Andrey A. Kostin (Russia)

11.10
11.20

Welcoming address by Honorary President of the RAS Institute for African Studies, Head of RUDN Department of African and Arabic Studies, Academician of the RAS, Doctor of History Alexey M. Vasiliev (Russia)

11.20
11.30

Welcoming address by Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps in Moscow, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cameroon, H.E. Mahamat Paba Salé (Cameroon)

Panel Session 1. "Summits of Great Powers on Cooperation with Africa"

Session co-chairs Irina O. Abramova, DSc, Director of the RAS Institute for African Studies, Corresponding member of the RAS (Russia); Dr. Philani Mthembu, Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue (South Africa)

11.30
11.40

Panel Presentation by co-chairs

11.40
11.55

Africa within the New Normalcy of the Post-pandemic World
Leonid L. Fituni, DSc, Corresponding member of the RAS, Deputy Director of the RAS Institute for African Studies (Russia)

11.55
12.10

Summit Diplomacy on Regional and Inter-Regional Levels: What Works, Why and for Whom?
Johannes Muntschick, Doctor of Political Sciences, Department of Political Science, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany)

12.10
12.25

Demographic Change and AfroAsian Connectivity: The Future of Big Power Summits
Yoichi Mine, Professor, Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University (Japan)

12.25
12.40

Japan’s TICAD in the Evolving Development Landscape – Implications for Africa
Scarlett Cornelissen, Professor of Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

12.40
12.55

TICAD & FOCAC Summit Diplomacy: Similarities and Differences
Anastacia A. Zabella, Candidate in History, Lecturer, Department of Theory and History of International Relations, RUDN University (Russia)

12.55
13.10

China-Africa Summit Diplomacy
David Monyae, Director, Confucius Institute & Centre for Africa-China Studies, University of Johannesburg (South Africa)

13.10
13.25

Beyond Summit Diplomacy: Turkey-Africa Relations in the XXIst Century
Elem Eyrice Tepeciklioglu, Dr., Faculty Member at the International Law Implementation and Research Center, Yasar University (Turkey)

13.25
13.40

Africa Chooses Russia: on the Forefront of Military and Technical Cooperation
Galina M. Sidorova, Doctor of Political Sciences (Dr.Habil), professor of Diplomatic Academy, MFA of Russia; professor of the Moscow State Linguistic University; researcher at RAS Institute of African Studies (Russia)

13.40
13.55

Emerging Sectors for Africa’s International Engagement in the Post-Covid-19 Pandemic Era
Kigen Morumbasi, Lecturer in International Studies, Strathmore University (Kenya)

13.55
14.15

Discussion. Participants: Ayele Dessalegn Bizuneh (University of Gondar, Ethiopia), Evgeniy N. Korendyasov (RAS Institute for African Studies, Russia); Raffaele Marchetti (LUISS, Italy); Alexander Mezyaev (TISBI University, Russia); Malik Mousli (League of Arab States, Moscow mission)

14.15 – 14.30 MT – ‘Online lunch break’

Roundtable "African views on post-COVID recovery & African Agency"

Table co-chairs Leonid L. Fituni, DSc, Deputy Director of the RAS Institute for African Studies, Corresponding member of the RAS (Russia); Mzukisi Qobo, Head of Wits School of Governance corporate, member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council. (South Africa).

‘Early experts’ quad’ (14.30 – 15.45 MT)
Korwa Adar Gombe University of Botswana (Botswana), Folashade Soule University of Oxford, (UK / Benin), Gilbert Khadiagala University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), Claire Ayuma Amuhaya RUDN University (Russia / Kenya)

‘Later experts’ quad’ (16.00 – 17.15 MT) (8.00-9.15 EST)
Molefi Kete Asante Temple University (USA), Lembe Tiky, University of Connecticut & ISA (USA), TEIKU Thomas Kwasi, University of Western Ontario (Canada), Timothy Shaw UMaSS, Ottawa & Carleton (USA/Canada)

17.15 – 17.30 MT – ‘Online coffee break’

Panel Session 2. " Healthcare Cooperation with Africa in Context of COVID-19 Pandemic"

Session co-chairs: Professor Carlo Torti, Full Professor of Infectious Diseases, University "Magna Graecia" of Catanzaro (Italy); Yulia Sh. Gushina, Candidate of pharmaceutical sciences, Deputy-Director for International Cooperation of RUDN Medical Institute (Russia)

17.30
17.40

Panel Presentation by co-chairs

17.40
17.55

Russia-Africa Healthcare Cooperation in Context of Pandemic
Irina O. Abramova, DSc, Corresponding member of the RAS, Director of the RAS Institute for African Studies (Russia)

17.55
18.10

Local and Global Resources in Central African Public Health and Healthcare
John M. Janzen, Professor Emeritus in Anthropology Former Director, African Studies Center, University of Kansas (USA)

18.10
18.25

RUDN-Africa Healthcare Cooperation
Yulia Sh. Gushina, Candidate of pharmaceutical sciences, Deputy Director for International Cooperation of RUDN Medical Institute (Russia)

18.25
18.40

Experience and Consequences of COVID-19 for Africa
Godfrey B. Tangwa, Senior Fellow in Governance & Ethics at the Nkafu Policy Institute, Professor Emeritus of the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon Bioethics Initiative (CAMBIN) (Cameroon)

18.40
18.55

China in Fight against COVID-19 and its Consequences for Africa.
Tatyana L. Deych, Doctor of History, Leading Research Fellow, RAS Institute for African Studies (Russia)

18.55
19.10

The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Regional Cooperation in Africa: Prospects and Challenges
Bheki Richard Mngomezulu, Full Professor of Political Science; Deputy Dean of Research, EMS Faculty at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa)

19.10
19.25

EU and Africa: Healthcare Cooperation in the Era of COVID-19 Pandemic
Olga S.Kulkova, Candidate in History, RAS Institute for African Studies (Russia)

19.25
19.40

The EU and Turkey’s Development Aid Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa: Unpacking the Similarities and Differences
Emel Parlar Dal, Associate Professor of Department of International Relations, Marmara University, İstanbul (Turkey)
Samiratou Dipama, Dr., Department of Political Sciences and International Relations, Gaziosmanpasa University, Tokat (Turkey)

19.40
20.00

Discussion. Participants: Peter Mwencha (American International University, Kuwait); Mehmet Ozkan (Maarif Foundation, USA); Majune Socrates (University of Nairobi, Kenya); Jeremey Youde (University of Minnesota Duluth, USA)

Day 2. 26 February 2021

Book Exposition Session

10.00
10.15

Welcoming address by the Vice-Rector for International Cooperation of the RUDN University, Candidate of philosophical sciences Larisa I. Efremova (Russia)

10.15
10.30

Book 1. Partnership in Higher Education. Trends between African and European Institutions. Brill, 2019.
Christine Scherer, Coordinator Early Career & Equal Opportunity, Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, Bayreuth University (Germany)

10.30
10.45

Book 2. RUDN & Africa. RUDN University, 2020.
Luidmila V. Ponomarenko, DSc, Professor, Deputy Dean of the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences for International Cooperation, RUDN University (Russia)

Panel Session 3. "Transformation of Education Cooperation within the Continent (New Vectors of Growth)"

Session co-chairs: Minxuan Zhang, Professor and Former President, Shanghai Normal University; Head, UNESCO Teacher Education Centre (China); Denis A. Degterev, DSc, Head of Department of Theory and History of IR, RUDN University (Russia)

10.50
11.00

Panel Presentation by co-chairs

11.00
11.15

European-African International Collaboration in the Realm of Early Career
Martina Drescher, DSc, Professor, Dean of Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), Bayreuth University (Germany);
Christine Scherer, Coordinator Early Career & Equal Opportunity, Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, Bayreuth University (Germany)

11.15
11.30

Cooperation between Russia and Africa in the Humanitarian Sphere: Challenges and Prospects
Kirill A. Aleshin, Candidate in Economic Science, Senior researcher, RAS Institute for African Studies (Russia)

11.30
11.45

China-Africa Cooperation Experience for African Educational Development
Minxuan Zhang, Professor and Former President, Shanghai Normal University; Head, UNESCO Teacher Education Centre (China)

11.45
12.00

China and India’s Education Cooperation with Africa: Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power
Kenneth King, Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh (UK)

12.00
12.15

Effectiveness of the International Organizations’ Educational Aid in the Post-Covid Era: The Case of Cameroon
Djiraro Mangue Célestine Laure, Higher Teachers’ Training College, University of Maroua (Cameroon)

12.15
12.30

Integration of African Graduates of Russian Universities into Local Society
Yao Nikez Adu, Candidate in Law, President of Association of Foreign Students in Russia; Lecturer of Department of Theory and History of IR, RUDN University (Russia)

12.30
13.00

Discussion. Participants: Alla Yu. Borzova (RUDN University, Russia); Nikita S. Kuklin (RUDN University, Russia); Mougadam Mahamat Mougadam (RUDN University, Russia); Vladimir G. Shubin (RAS Institute for African Studies, Russia)

13.00 – 13.30 MT – ‘Online lunch break’

Roundtable "African Digitalization & Cyber-Security" (13.30 – 15.00 MT)

Table co-chairs Tim Unwin, Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D; Emeritus Professor of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London; Honorary Professor, Lanzhou University, China; Co-Founder TEQtogether (UK); Konstantin A. Pantserev, Doctor of Political Sciences, Department of Theory and History of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University (Russia), Bitange Ndemo, University of Nairobi, (Kenya), Nadezhda E. Khokholkova RAS Institute for African Studies (Russia), Philani Mthembu, Institute for Global Dialogue (South Africa), Alexander Gromov VTB Africa (Angola), Raymond O. Ekpobodo RUDN University (Russia)

15.00 – 15.30 MT – ‘Online coffee break’

Panel Session 4. " Conflicts & Political Process despite COVID-19 Pandemics"

Session co-chairs: Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Justice Professor; Justice of Supreme Court (Ghana); Sergey V. Kostelyanets, Leading Researcher at the RAS Institute for African Studies; Associate Professor at RUDN Department of African and Arabic Studies; Senior Researcher at the HSE International Centre of Anthropology, Candidate in Political Science (Russia)

15.30
15.40

Panel Presentation by co-chairs

15.40
15.55

The Role of Women in African Peacekeeping in a Post-Covid-19 World
Svetlana A. Bokeriya, Candidate in Law, Lecturer, Department of Theory and History of International Relations, RUDN University (Russia)

15.55
16.10

The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID): Mission Accomplished?
Sergey V. Kostelyanets, Leading Researcher at the RAS Institute for African Studies; Associate Professor at RUDN Department of African and Arabic Studies; Senior Researcher at the HSE International Centre of Anthropology, Candidate in Political Science (Russia)

16.10
16.25

Conflicts Development and African Union Security Management Capacity Challenges
Celestine Oyom Bassey, Professor of International Relations of the Department of Political Science, University of Calabar, Cross River State (Nigeria)

16.25
16.40

Land Conflicts in Cote d’Ivoire in 1990’s as a Premise for the Civil War
Alexander Yu. Shipilov, RUDN University & RAS Institute of World History (Russia)

16.40
16.55

Will Christianity Survive in Ethiopia?
Michael W. Kassaye Nigusie, DSc, Professor of Department of Theory and History of International Relations, RUDN University (Russia)

16.55
17.10

Current Issues in the Nile Geopolitics
Irina E. Nesterova, PhD in Political science, Senior Lecturer, Department of World Politics, School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University (Russia)

17.10
17.25

The Oromo Revolution as a Factor of Intra-Ethnic Tensions in Ethiopia
Natalia V. Ivkina, PhD in history, lecturer, Department of Theory and History of International Relations, RUDN University (Russia);
Ivan D. Loshkariov, PhD in politics, lecturer, Department of Political Theory, MGIMO University, MFA of Russia (Russia)

17.25
17.40

Conflict Situation in the Horn of Africa and National Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Brian Mugabi, Taha Y. A. Hasan, Mohamed A. Adan, Olumide Oluwakayode, RUDN University (Russia)

17.40
17.55

Conflicts & State Fragility in Africa
Pavel Ivanov, Randah Madingue, RUDN University (Russia)

17.55
18.10

Political Turbulence amid Pandemic COVID-19: 2020 Elections in Burundi
Dmitry Plotnikov, RUDN University (Russia)

18.10
18.30

Discussion. Participants: Emmanuel Debrah (University of Ghana, Ghana); Akin Iwilade (University of Edinburgh, UK); Michael L. Volpe (Russia)

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