Recent News
Apr 28, 2016
CCCPA Deputy Director Counselor Hatem Elatawy, Ambassador Mervat El Tallawy, Director-General, Arab Women Organization and Jari Mustonen Head of Development, Crisis Management Centre (CMC) Finland, inaugurated the opening session of the third ToT course on Gender, Peace and Security on Sunday, 24 April 2016. The course was held in collaboration with CMC Finland as part of an ongoing commitment to enhance mainstreaming gender in peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Arab countries The aim of the ‘Gender in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Programme’ is to improve capacities of mid-rank professionals working in the peacekeeping ...more
Apr 21, 2016
CCCPA, the Government of Japan (GoJ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new phase of their cooperation in support of peace and security in Africa on 20 April 2016. The project – “Enhancing Peace, Security and Stability in Africa” – is funded by GoJ, in cooperation with UNDP, and is another milestone in Egyptian-Japanese trilateral cooperation in Africa, as well as a practical translation of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi’s successful first trip to Tokyo earlier this year. It is a new phase of the well-established and ongoing cooperation between CCCPA, GoJ and UNDP, now in ...more
Apr 14, 2016
CCCPA participated in two international seminars on the role of emerging powers in peacekeeping & peacebuilding in New York from 22-23 March 2016. The first seminar “New Approaches to Peacebuilding: Practices and Policies from the Global South” was supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs & the Carnegie Cooperation of New York.   While the second seminar "Partners in Reform: Rising Powers and UN Peace Operations" was held as part of the ongoing activities by the PeaceCap Network, a research network aimed at analyzing the growing influence of emerging countries on peace operations. The ...more
Apr 07, 2016
CCCPA hosted an Experts Workshop on “The Global Study on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325: Enhancing Women’s Participation & International and Regional Partnerships” on 7 April 2016 in Cairo, Egypt. The workshop was jointly organized with the Embassy of Sweden in Cairo and UN Women, to examine the recommendations of the Global Study with the objective of identifying key challenges and gaps, as well as outlining the way forward in advancing the women, peace and security agenda. Speakers included Ambassador Hala El Ghanam, Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for International Political Affairs; ...more
Apr 06, 2016
CCCPA hosted a workshop on “Empowering Local Communities to Combat Terrorism and Extremist Ideologies Leading to it in Nigeria and West Africa” on March 21-22. The workshop comes within the context of CCCPA’s project on “Countering Terrorism and Extremist Ideologies Leading to It in Africa”. The project aims to increase the resilience of local communities in Somalia and Nigeria, and to empower local leaders with the necessary knowledge and skills to detect, interrupt and prevent radicalization and recruitment to extremist ideologies leading to terrorism. The workshop brought together a select group of ...more
Mar 08, 2016
On this day, CCCPA celebrates women’s extraordinary contribution to societies, especially in conflict and post-conflict settings. Women are often among the most vulnerable groups during conflict, but more importantly, they continue to play an important role as peacebuilders and agents of change in conflict and post-conflict settings. Since the adoption of the landmark Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 in 2000, the normative framework for the women, peace and security agenda has expanded dramatically. In recent years, the number of peace agreements referring to gender issues has increased, more women are included in mediation ...more
Mar 04, 2016
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Following the successful conclusion of the Arab consultations on the future of UN peace and security architecture, CCCPA partnered with the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the Norwegian Institute for International Studies (NUPI) to organize a similar workshop in Addis Ababa (on 4 March 2016), but this time with the aim of highlighting African perspectives on the topic. As part of the preparation for the UN General Assembly High-Level Thematic Debate on UN, Peace and Security, scheduled to take place on 10-11 May 2016 in New York, the African workshop brought together officials ...more
Mar 03, 2016
Japan will launch a new phase of its support to CCCPA in recognition of its role in supporting peace and security in Africa. The decision was announced in the joint communiqué by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the occasion of President Sisi's first official visit to Japan last month (read the joint communiqué). The new grant for 2016-17 will support the Center’s training and research activities in the fields of conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and countering transnational threats, including terrorism and extremist ideologies leading to ...more
Mar 01, 2016
Addressing more than 100 participants at the High-Level Workshop on “Arab Perspectives on the Future of the UN Peace and Security Architecture”  today, Mogens Lykketoft, via video message, highlighted how the ongoing reviews around the world are “genuine opportunities to reassert effective multilateralism” in the areas of UN peace operations, peacebuilding and women, peace and security.   “It has become clear to me that just as multilateralism is re-asserting itself in relation to sustainable development, regrettably, in the area of international peace and security, the opposite appears to be ...more
Feb 17, 2016
The Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa mourns the death of Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and the dean of Egypt’s diplomatic corps. Dr. Boutros-Ghali, the first UN Secretary-General from Africa and the only Arab to ever lead the organization, is hailed for his role at the UN from 1992 to 1996, a period which saw unprecedented challenges during the turbulent years following the end of the Cold War. He ushered in major structural and organizational reforms at the UN, which continue to define the work of the organization till this very day. His 1992 report, ...more
Feb 09, 2016
CCCPA hosted the 10th Board of Directors meeting of the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA) in Cairo, Egypt, from 8-9 February 2016. The meeting was chaired by Counselor Ashraf Swelam, CCCPA Director and Chairperson of the Association for the period 2015-2016. Attending the meeting were delegates from member institutions including: Director of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (Ethiopia); Deputy Director of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (Ghana); APSTA Treasurer and Director of the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) (Kenya); Director General of the Ecole de Maintien de ...more
Jan 26, 2016
CCCPA held a two-day workshop on "Empowering Local Communities to Combat Terrorism  and Extremism leading to it in Somalia and East Africa" from 11-12 January 2016, at the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel in Cairo. The workshop comes within the context of the program "Preventing Recruitment to Terrorism" being implemented by the Center. The program aims to increase the resilience of local communities and empower local leaders with the necessary knowledge and skills to detect, interrupt and prevent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism. The aim of the exploratory workshop was to ...more
Recent Publications
Cairo Occasional Papers 1
What Do U.S. Mid-Term Elections Mean For Africa?
Policy Brief 4
The UN Peacebuilding Architecture 10 Years Later: Lessons Learned and The Way Forward
Policy Brief 3
The Role of RECc in Peacebuilding in Africa Past Experience & The Way Forward
Policy Brief 2
Understanding 'Priority' in Peacebuilding Corridors: Getting Coherence and Coordination Right
Recent Interviews
Mar 01, 2016
CCCPA Director Ashraf Swelam interviews H.E. El Ghassim Wane, Assistant UN Secretary-General for Peace Operations the High-Level Workshop on “Arab Perspectives on the Future of the UN Peace and Security Architecture” in Cairo on 1-2 March 2016. The interview discusses Wane's move from the African Union (AU) to the UN, the first orders of business of his new position, the future of UN-AU cooperation, and the prospects for cooperation between the UN, AU and the League of Arab
Nov 25, 2014
On the margin of the Cairo International Workshop on "Regional Aspects of Peacebuilding: Identifying Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities", held on November 24-25, CCCPA Director Ashraf Swelam sat down with H.E. Parfait Onanga, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and Head of the UN Office in
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Tribute to the Fallen Heros

The Cairo Center pays tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of peace. We celebrate their courage and dedication, while honoring their sacrifice.