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 The African Standby Force

The Southern Talks #7 

 Africa: The African Standby Force (ASF)

 Date: 03 April 2024

 Time:  11.00 – 12.00 Local Time: Rome/Naples

Welcoming Dr. Ian Ralby to our 7th iteration of The Southern Talks.

An overview of the background concepts on which the African Standby Force (ASF) is based, with particular focus on the maritime domain. His case study on the potential role of the ASF in the current Red Sea Crisis will be a highly intriguing element of this webinar.

Talking points:

  • An overview of the African Standby Force concept.
  • A summary of the progress made to realize the ASF.
  • Analysis of the potential uses of the ASF in the Maritime Domain.
  • A look at the current situation in the Red Sea as a Case Study.
  • Ways to consider the ASF in the Maritime Domain going forward.



Dr. Ian Ralby

CEO, I.R. Consilium

Dr. Ian Ralby is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. He has been the lead author on the Atlantic Council’s groundbreaking work on “Downstream Oil Theft,” and together with his team at I.R. Consilium, has explored effective measures for shining a light on the “invisible supply chain.”

Ralby is a recognized expert in maritime security, international law, hydrocarbons crimes, private security oversight and countering transnational crime. He works closely with governments and international organizations on maritime law and security issues around the world, leading a number of initiatives on addressing evolving and emerging threats in the maritime domain. He also frequently works on energy-related matters, both on land and offshore, particularly with regard to hydrocarbons theft and criminal or terrorist involvement in oil and gas supply chains.



Conor G. Sheedy

NSD-S Hub Head Editor

Conor G. Sheedy is the NSD-S Hub's Head Editor and will be moderator of this online event.

The Southern Talks Webinars is an NSD-S Hub initiative that focuses on the Middle East and Africa and sees guest speakers offer a regional perspective on topics such as Conflict resolution & Security, Socio-Economic issues, Terrorism, Technology and Human Security.

Each webinar lasts an hour with 30 minutes dedicated to Q&A from the online audience.