Kampala Geopolitics Conference 2021


The Kampala Geopolitics Conference is a free public, academic discourse on the current global geopolitical trends and issues of international relations, initiated in 2018 by the Embassy of France in Uganda, with inspiration from Les géopolitiques de Nates organized annually by the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS).


The 4th edition of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference is scheduled for Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th, and Friday 12th November 2021 at Makerere University Central Teaching Facility (CTF2) Auditorium.


Below are the details of the 2021 conference:


More than 80 local and international speakers will discuss over 15 topics of interest, under the general theme, ‘Crisis and Opportunity, Mapping the geopolitical Importance of Africa,’ including:


  1. Re-imagining Higher Education for the Post-COVID-19 Era
  2. Vaccine Nationalism and Diplomacy in the Times of the Pandemic
  3. Approaches towards the Restitution of African Cultural Properties from Colonial Times
  4. Transitional Justice: Dealing with Memory, Reconciliation & Reparation
  5. Climate Change Adaptation Strategies – New Factor for Tensions and Conflicts?
  6. Open and Closed Borders: the Global Plight of Refugees and Forced Migration
  7. Geopolitics of the Outer Space
  8. Religious Pluralism, the State and Transnationalism
  9. Business and Human Rights, Defining a New Business Ethics for a More Equitable Relationship?
  10. Strategies and Influence of New Actors in Africa
  11. Rising “Terrorism” in Africa: Unpacking Realities and Myths beyond the Threat
  12. Opening up the Post-Cotonou Framework: An Opportunity to Develop a New Africa-EU Relationship?


Twitter Spaces

  1. Social Media, Pan-Africanism, and Global Socio-Political Movement Building
  2. Sports and The Olympic Games, a Major Geopolitical Soft Power Tool
  3. Competing Narratives, Institutional Trust and Fake News
  4. Rising Voices of Feminists from the Global South, An Opportunity to Enter a New Era for Gender Equality
  5. Rising Influence of African Art on the Global Level


Side events :

  1. Photography Exhibitions
  2. Dance / Music / Cinema
  3. Quiz


The Kampala Geopolitics Conference is jointly organized by:

  1. The Embassy of France in Uganda,
  2. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Uganda and South Sudan
  3. Makerere University
  4. UN Women Uganda
  5. French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS)
  6. Alliance Française de Kampala.


Additional Information about the Conference is on the document below: