War Room welcomes our distinguished guest, Brigadier General Emmaneul Kotia, Deputy Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Ghana. BG Kotia stopped by while visiting War Colleges in the U.S. to discuss opportunities for further collaboration in peace operations and training. In this podcast, BG Kotia explains the roles and offerings from the KAIPTC and addresses the complexity of peace operations in Africa, such as the high number of disparate factions usually involved in conflicts and the challenge of brokering peace agreements so the peacekeepers can operate under clear guidance and rules of engagements. Brian Foster from the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute moderates.
Take [Central African Republic, Somalia, AND Liberia] during the first conflict where America intervened. These are examples of where there have been no peace agreement. … The missions and the responsibilities and the types of peacekeepers keep changing.
Emmanuel Kotia is the Deputy Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center in Ghana. Brian Foster is a colonel in the U.S. Army and a member of the U.S. Army War College’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. The views expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or the Department of Defense.
Photo: A military trainer from the French 13th Half-Brigade conducts a joint training session with Ugandan troops at Singo military base outside Kampala.
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