The Center of African Studies of the Department of Intellectual and Cultural Affairs at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine has held its first workshop about "Geopolitics of extremism and terrorism in the African continent" on Friday morning, the 11th of Jumada II 1438 AH corresponding to the 10th of March 2017 in the hall of al-Qassem son of al-Hassan (peace be upon both of them) at the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine with the presence and participation of researchers and academics from inside and outside Iraq.
This workshop, which is one of other workshops that will be discussing similar and related issues, is held to discuss African affairs and issues that linked to Iraqi affairs, like the phenomenon of terrorism, which studies indicate that most of the terrorist organizations' leaders are from the African continent.
The workshop was opened by the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran followed by the word of the African studies Center Director; Sayed Hashem al-'Awwadi. Then the interventions of the workshop, which was mediated by Prof. Dr. Khairi abd al-Razzaq al-Khaffaji, started by the presentation of the research by the professors and academics, as follows:
First: Prof. Dr. Qassem Mohamad 'Obeid presenting a research on the geopolitics of the terrorist organizations in Africa, in which he discussed questions and solutions to the issue of terrorism in Africa and the fragility of the countries from which incline terrorism.
Second: Prof. Dr. Suhad Ismail Khalil, presenting a research with regard to the recruitment of terrorist groups in the US strategy in Africa (a geopolitical comparison, and in which she has discussed the geography of the continent and its association with the Middle East.
Third: Dr. Ali Fares Hamid, presenting a research on the investment of the value system in the strategies of regional powers towards Africa. Saudi Arabia and Iran as model.
Debate and interventions were then opened to the audience, and the researchers have answered to their questions and inquires and clarified what needed further explanation.
Then the appreciation certificates and shields were distributed to the participating professors. The workshop was concluded by the word of Dr. Ahmad Mohamad Tansh, the Dean of Archaeology Faculty in Qadisiyah University, in which he has called on the need to find typical solutions to the highlighted problems in the workshop and adopting them by the professionals and the concerned authorities.