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Dr Issaka Souaré

Associate Senior Researcher

Dr Issaka Souaré

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Dr Issaka K. Souaré was an Associate Senior Researcher working with SIPRI’s Sahel and West Africa Programme. With about 20 years of work experience on peace and security issues, his current work focuses on conflict and peace as well as governance dynamics in Africa. Issaka is also a member of the Expert Advisory Group of the Peace treaty initiative of the Madrid-based Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Politics and Global Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa and a visiting lecturer at the General Lansana Conté University-Sonfonia in Conakry, Republic of Guinea.

Prior to joining SIPRI in July 2021, Issaka served for five years on the UN Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisors and for about three years as Special Adviser to the African Union High Representative for Mali and the Sahel based in Bamako, after a stint as Expert on Early Warning and Preventive Diplomacy at the AU Commission in Addis Ababa. He also worked at the Pretoria office of the Institute for Security Studies from 2007 to 2012. During his time with the UN, Issaka was deployed in support of UN representatives and special envoys in several countries around the world to offer them operational advice on dialogue facilitation and mediation, and to co-facilitate training workshops in mediation for several UN missions, including in Iraq, Somalia and South Sudan. During his tenure at the AU, he was extensively involved in the Mali peace processes and their follow-up from 2013 to 2016 and served as resource person/advisor with the AU High-Level Panel on Egypt in 2014.

Subject expertise

Conflict analysis, dialogue and mediation process design and facilitation, peace and justice nexus, governance and democratization, political parties, regional integration

Regional expertise

Africa and – for dialogue and mediation process design – world-wide  

English, French and Arabic

PhD in Political Science: University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada

External publications
  • Souaré, I. K., Dieng, M. and Onguny, P., La lutte contre le terrorisme en Afrique : Acte de bienveillance ou prétexte géostratégique?, Montreal, Montreal University Press, 224 pages (2019)
  • Souaré, I. K., Les Partis politiques de l'opposition en Afrique : la quête du pouvoir, Montreal, Montreal University Press, 226 pages (2017)
  • Souaré, I. K., ‘African Conflict Hot and Warm Spots in the 21st Century: A general overview,’ in Festus B. Aboagye (ed.), A Comprehensive Review of African Conflicts and Regional Interventions, Nairobi, African Peace Support Trainers Association, pp. 35-56 (2016)
  • Souaré, I. K., 'The African Union as a norm entrepreneur on military coups d’état in Africa (1952-2012): an empirical assessment', Journal of Modern African Studies, 53(1), March 2014, pp. 69-94 [honorary mention by the African Politics Conference Group for the Award of Best article in African politics, 2014]
  • Souaré, I. K., 'The International Criminal Court and African Conflicts: The Case of Uganda', Review of African Political Economy, 36 (121), pp. 369-388 (Sept 2009)
  • Souaré, I. K., 'Le dilemme de la justice transitionnelle et la réconciliation dans les sociétés post-guerre civile : Les cas du Libéria, de la Sierra Leone et de l’Ouganda', Études internationales, 39 (2), pp. 205-228 (June 2008)
  • Souaré, I. K., 'Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Mechanisms in West Africa: A Critical Assessment of Progress', African Security Review, 16 (3), pp. 96-111 (Sept 2007)
  • Souaré, I. K. and Osman, A. A., Somalia at the Crossroads: Challenges and Perspectives in Reconstituting a Failed State, London: Adonis & Abbey, 268 pages (2007)
  • Souaré, I. K., Africa in the United Nations System, 1945-2005, London, Adonis & Abbey Publishers, 252 pages (2006)
  • Souaré, I. K., Civil Wars and Coups d’État in West Africa, Lanham, University Press of America/Rowman & Littlefield, 256 pages (2006)