Global South Perspectives on the Ukraine-Russia War and Consequent Geopolitical Tensions
Universal Peace Federation UK
Date: 18th July 2023
Moderator: Dr Afzal Ashraf Formerly a University Lecturer in International Relations, Politics, and History at the University of Loughborough and the University of Nottingham.
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Prof. Saleh Dauda: Professor of International Relations at the University of Abuja, Nigeria.
Dr Mark C. Donfried: Executive Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.
Emmanuel C. Njoku: Ambassador of ECOWAS. Chairman, Emma Njoku Foundation and Managing Director of Prezzo Shed Investments.
Questions and Answers Video of the Question and Answers Session.
The Universal Peace Federation held an important event on the 18th of July 2023, at their UK London Headquarters, focusing on 'Global South Perspectives on the Ukraine-Russia War and Consequent Geopolitical Tensions.' Esteemed speakers from diverse backgrounds gathered to shed light on the often-neglected viewpoints from nations typically referred to as the 'Global South.' The event aimed to foster respectful dialogue, promote mutual understanding, and address the widespread impact of the war on nations reliant on Ukraine for food supplies and global trade.
The primary objective of the event was to highlight the often-overlooked perspectives from the Global South, acknowledging the impact of the Ukraine-Russia War on nations that depend on Ukraine for food supplies and play a significant role in global trade. By encouraging respectful dialogue and promoting mutual understanding, the Universal Peace Federation demonstrated its commitment to fulfilling one of its key roles in fostering global peace.
The event 'Global South Perspectives on the Ukraine-Russia War and Consequent Geopolitical Tensions' proved to be an insightful platform for promoting inclusivity and understanding in international affairs. As the world navigates complex geopolitical dynamics, such initiatives serve as vital steps towards a more harmonious and balanced global dialogue. The Universal Peace Federation's efforts in orchestrating this event exemplify its commitment to promoting peace and mutual understanding on the international stage.
Moderator: Dr Afzal Ashraf has broad experience of International Relations and security issues, both as a practitioner and as an academic. This includes service as a senior officer in the UK Armed Forces in operations ranging from famine relief in Africa to stabilisation operations in the South Atlantic, deterrence support in the Cold War and strategic aspects of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As an Assistant Professor, Dr Ashraf taught International Relations at Loughborough University and at the University of Nottingham where he is now a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism.
Dr Mark C. Donfried is the current director of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, a Berlin based NGO that he founded in 2001. His focus at the moment is fulfilling his role as director of the ICD in pursuit of its mission to extend research, programs and practices in the field of cultural diplomacy. Mark. Donfried also teaches courses in cultural diplomacy for the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies.
Hon. Muhammad Azhar Siddique: Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Chairman of the Judicial Activism Panel. Anchor and Expert, Article Writer and Social Activist. Human Rights Campaigner, Pro Bono Publico Lawyer.
Prof. Saleh Dauda: Professor of International Relations at the University of Abuja, Nigeria. He became a professor of International Relations in 2008. He has published widely in both local and International Journals. He has written ten books in International Relations and related areas. His research interest is in Africa's International Relations, Third World in Global politics, Regionalism in Africa and Foreign Policy Formulation and Analysis.
Emmanuel C. Njoku: Ambassador of ECOWAS. Chairman, Emma Njoku Foundation which is an NGO focussing on Health and Education. Managing Director of Prezzo Shed Investments. He is trained as a lawyer and has been involved in renewable energy, Human Resources management, Real Estate and Law while sitting on the Boards of many companies in Nigeria and overseas.
The war is having a wide impact and effect on many countries that rely on Ukraine for food supplies as well as trade in the wider world - much of this is not fully appreciated. Our aim is to facilitate respectful dialogue and promote mutual understanding, fulfilling one of the key roles of the Universal Peace Federation.