Recent News
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 29, 2016
CCCPA will organize a High-Level Workshop on 1-2 March 2016 in Cairo, Egypt titled “Arab Perspectives on the Future of the UN Peace and Security Architecture: Towards a Timely, Collective and Effective Response”. The Workshop is being organized in partnership with the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly and the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is part of the preparatory discussions aimed at informing the High-Level Thematic Debate of the General Assembly that the President of the Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, has taken the initiative to organize on 10-11 May 2016 on “UN, Peace and Security”. ...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
Jan 19, 2016
On 19 January 2016, the Director of the Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA), Counselor Ashraf Swelam, welcomed Ambassador Jens-Petter Kjemprud, Norwegian Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the Cairo Center’s work in enhancing the capabilities of African states in conflict resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, through training and research, and capacity-building programs targeted at Sudan and South Sudan. The two sides exchanged views on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan, and the efforts of the international community to promote a political ...more
Dec 13, 2015
CCCPA Director Ashraf Swelam, Ambassador Mervat El Tallawy and Ambassador Heba El Marassy inaugurated the opening session for the training course on Gender, Peace and Security on Sunday December 13, 2015. The course is being provided in collaboration with Arab Women Organization (AWO), the Institute of Diplomatic Studies, the Crisis Management Center Finland (CMC Finland) and UN WOMEN. It is the first in a series of training courses on gender, peace and security and is part of an ongoing commitment to enhance mainstreaming gender in peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Arab countries. The aim of the training course is to improve ...more
Dec 10, 2015
On December 10, 2015, CCCPA Director Ashraf Swelam, welcomed Ms.Anne Favreau, Project Manager of the Senior Women Talent Pipeline, to discuss the UN's initiative to establish a database for senior qualified women that have the proven leadership skills, integrity and required expertise to be deployed in peacekeeping and special political missions. The initiative comes in line with the UN's commitment to increase the participation of women at the senior level of UN peacekeeping and special political missions.  As mainstreaming gender plays an integral part of CCCPA's activities, it greatly welcomes all efforts of cooperation in this ...more
Oct 25, 2015
CCCPA today began a five-day training course for Military Observers of the North African Regional Capability (NARC) of the African Standby Force (ASF) in Cairo. A total of 19 trainees are attending the training. The training course is part of CCCPA’s training activities in its capacity and responsibility as an African Union center of excellence in training, mandated to provide trainings for the NARC. A series of five trainings will be implemented till the end of the year, targeting civilian, police and military personnel. NARC was created as a regional capability to enable North African countries to contribute to the building-up ...more
Oct 15, 2015
On October 15, Egypt was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC), with an impressive 179 votes. Egypt ran uncontested for one of the two African seats up for elections this year. This will be the fifth term for the country on the UNSC, with the previous terms being in 1949-1950, 1961- 1962, 1984-1985 and 1996-1997.  Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay will also be joining the UN Security Council for this term, replacing Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania and Nigeria. The newly elected members will join the other five non-permanent council members: Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and ...more
Sep 28, 2015 - Oct 02, 2015
The Annual General Meeting of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC) unanimously approved CCCPA’s bid to host the 23rd Annual Conference of the Association in Cairo in 2017. Some 200 participants, from 50 countries, supported Egypt’s offer during the 21st Annual Conference, held in Brasilia, Brazil from September 28 to October 2, 2015. By virtue of the decision, CCCPA joins the Executive Committee of the IAPTC for four consecutive years - which will overlap with Egypt’s prospective, non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security ...more
Sep 14, 2015
On September 9, CCCPA assumed the Presidency of the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA), representing the North African region. The decision was announced during the 13th Annual General Meeting of the Association, held in Addis Ababa from 7-9 September 2015. CCCPA will serve as President for one year. The École Internationale  des Forces de Sécurité (EIFORCES) of Cameroon will serve as Vice President.  Counselor Ashraf Swelam, Director of CCCPA, expressed the Center’s intention to adopt a hands-on approach to the presidency of the African Association. “While CCCPA’s accession ...more
Aug 20, 2015
CCCPA will hold its first International Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting on August 27, 2015 at the Four Seasons Nile Plaza Hotel in Cairo. The IAB will be responsible for providing strategic counsel on global and regional opportunities and the challenges to peace, security and stability. It will also serve to support the Center's global outreach efforts. The IAB is comprised of global eminent personalities in the areas of peace, security and development including H.E. Jose Ramos-Horta, former President of Timor Leste; H.E. Amr Moussa, former Secretary General of the Arab League; H.E. Lakhdar Brahimi, former Algerian Minister of Foreign ...more
May 31, 2015
Sameh Shoukry, Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, officially opened the twenty-first session of the United Nations Senior Mission Leaders (UNSML) training course in Cairo today. The course, which is the UN’s most important and prestigious training course in the area of peacekeeping, is being organized by the Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA) of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and conducted jointly with the Integrated Training Service of the United ...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
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
Nov 24, 2014
On the margin of the Cairo International Workshop on "Regional Aspects of Peacebuilding: Identifying Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities", held on November 24-25, Director Ashraf Swelam sat down with the Ambassador Antonio Patriota Chairman of Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) and Ambassador Oscar Fernandez Tarranco Assistant UNSG for Peacebuidling Support to discuss the future of the global peacebuilding architecture.
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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.