• Mutaru to Speak at Munich Security Conference 2018

  • Accra, February 13, 2018 – Executive Director of West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE), Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar, is due to speak alongside other security officials at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany at the invitation of the Robert Bosch Stifftung from February 16 – 18, 2018. Mutaru Muqthar will be speaking on the topic of ‘’Youth Radicalization in Sub-Saharan Africa – How to Mitigate its Risks for Regional (and Global) Security’.

    Among this year’s confirmed participants are UN Secretary-General António Guterres, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. The US government will be represented in Munich by Secretary of Defense General James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. The US Congressional delegation will be led by Senators John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Robert Corker (https://www.securityconference.de/en/activities/munich-security-conference/).

    Many heads of state and heads of government who will be attending include Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Rwandan President Paul Kagame as well as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May and her Austrian counterpart Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi are also expected to visit Munich.

    High level military and intelligence officials will also attend the Munich Security Conference. These include the  Director of National Intelligence of the United States Dan Coats, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo, Director of the British Secret Intelligence Service Alex Younger, the Director of Mossad Yossi Cohen, President of the German Federal Intelligence Agency Bruno Kahl, and Director-General of Interpol Jürgen Stock. NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe Curtis Scaparrotti and the Chief of Staff of the German Armed Forces Volker Wieker are also expected in Munich.

    Various international organizations are also represented at the MSC 2018. Thomas Greminger, Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization and Christine Lagarde, Director-General of the International Monetary Fund, have announced their participation. The same is true for the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, Executive Director of West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism, Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme David Beasley, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer and Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth.