Adam’s research for the project examines the transnational governance of violence in the Global South with a focus on African security dynamics. The project asks to what extent do Africa-led security initiatives aiming to tackle armed Islamist groups challenge postcolonial security relationships and security practices.
Through an examination of three cases of African counter-terrorism initiatives implemented in regional borderlands (the Pendjari-W-Arly border area; the Lake Chad Basin; and the Mozambique-Tanzania border), the project examines how conflict knowledge is produced in response to African Islamist insurgencies, and the degree to which the implementation of these initiatives on the ground reinforces (or challenges) postcolonial security relationships.
Before joining the project, Adam was the Research Lead for the United Kingdom’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) projects in Mali, the Gao Stabilisation Fund (GSF) and Supporting Stabilisation in Central Mali. Before this, he held post-doctoral researcher positions at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg Global Centre for Cooperation Research (Universität Duisburg), and at the Centre Franco-Paix in Conflict Resolution and Peace Missions at the University of Québec in Montreal (UQAM).