Italy and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa are assuming a growing role in international peacekeeping training activities in Africa. A new course, promoted in partnership with St. Augustine College, has just started in Johannesburg. It is tailored for 50 civil servants from numerous African countries who intend to sign up for United Nations or African Union peacekeeping missions in the African continent.
The course, which is due to end on Friday, 20 May, will be taught by numerous African personalities and South African scholars who have dedicated all their activities to conflict prevention. The course, whose scientific director is Andrea de Guttry, professor of International Law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, and director of the Dirpolis Institute (Diritto, Politica, Sviluppo – Law, Policy, Development), will be inaugurated by the Italian Ambassador in South Africa, Pier Giovanni Donnici, and by His Majesty Goodwill Zwelithini, King of the Zulu, who was invited to deliver the lectio magistralis scholarly lecture to open the course. Goodwill Zwelithini thanked Italy and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa for the contribution made in the last years by training the personnel engaged in peacekeeping operations in several African Countries.