More than ever before, African countries are challenged by ravaging insecurity of different iterations. There is equally an unprecedented enthusiasm about the prospects of trade on the continent. Is there any form of relationship between free trade and insecurity? If so, how could African countries use trade policies to remedy insecurity?

Dr. Michael Nwankpa is an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and the Founding Director of Research at the Centre for African Conflict and Development in London. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Roehampton and held two prestigious fellowships at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, and at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, University of Maryland. His research areas are the nexus between conflict and developments, counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, foreign and security policy, and African security.

Alazar Melkamu is a lecturer at Jigjiga University, Ethiopia. He holds a Master of Arts in Peace Studies and conflict resolution from the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is an author and coauthor with work appearances in national and international journals, including the International Journal of Peace and Development Studies. His research works focus on conflict detection and resolution, unemployment, African Continental Free Trade Area, the security sector and governance, amongst others.