The Copperbelt University, in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy, hosted its first Colloquium on the Russia-Ukraine war and its implications for Zambia and the African continent. This remarkable event was graced by the presence of His Excellency, Mr. Johan Hallenborg, The Swedish Ambassador to Zambia who was accompanied by  the Acting Vice Chancellor of Copperbelt University,  Dr. Lennox Siwale, and Director for the Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Prof. John Bwalya,

To foster an in-depth discussion, the panel consisted of six distinguished academic researchers and experts namely;

  • Professor Olexiy Haran, Professor of Comparative Politics at the National University of Kiyv-Mohyla Academy and Research Director at the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, Ukraine.
  • Ms. Charlotta Rodhe, Deputy Director of the Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs.
  • Mr. Boniface Cheembe, Executive Director at the Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD).
  • Professor Owen Sichone, Former Director of Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science at CBU.
  • Dr. Ignatius Mukunto, Lecturer and Head of the Department for Governance and Peace at the School of Humanities and Social Science at CBU.
  • Dr. Robby Kapesa, Research Fellow at the Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.

The primary goal of this Colloquium was to provide a researcher’s perspective and comprehensive understanding of the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war. Additionally, it was an opportunity to engage with young minds, our students, as influential thinkers and thought leaders. The event was attended by over 127 individuals representing various universities and colleges within Zambia.

Some of the notable takeaways from the colloquium were that the war between Russia and Ukraine has had complex effects on Zambia and the wider African continent. From economic consequences driven by commodity price fluctuations to political and security implications, the conflict has underscored Africa’s interconnectedness with global events. During his address, Swedish Ambassador HE Mr. Johan Hallenborg emphasized the importance of unity in upholding a world order founded on respect for the UN Charter.

We extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of this insightful event, fostering dialogue, and promoting a deeper understanding of global issues. Together, we can work towards a more harmonious world.

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