Virtual Conference: Air and Space Strategies in Disaster Management in Africa

August 11, 2022

At 6 p.m., Thursday, August 11, 2022, Samuel Oyewole discusses air and space strategies in disaster management in Africa. The conference will be streamed live online via Crowdcast.

A Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter throws up a ring of sand and dust as it lands in the North African desert ahead of a deployment to Afghanistan. BAG Neil Chapman. Crown copyright.
Presentation of the conversation

The strategic utilities of aerial platforms and space assets have become apparent in contemporary disaster management strategies. Air and space strategies have been developed and used for early warning and disaster mitigation in many technologically advanced countries in Europe, North America and the Far East.

Nevertheless, there is a lack of academic attention to the interests, capabilities and applications of air and space strategies by African and other developing countries. Although African capabilities remain underdeveloped and disarticulated, their interests, capabilities and applications of air and space strategies have grown over the past three decades.

Most African countries have developed military, paramilitary and civil aviation capabilities which (includes platforms such as drones, airplanes and helicopters) have been used for various purposes since independence. A growing number of African countries have also developed space strategies and capabilities, which have produced no less than 44 satellites operated in the region. These and other related resources were used to support early warning, real-time situational awareness, mass evacuation, search and rescue, delivery and insertion of equipment and personnel from relief, among others, in theaters of natural and man-made disasters and other emergencies.

These strategies have been used to varying degrees in local and international responses to natural disasters such as floods, landslides and storms, man-made environmental disasters such as oil spills and fires, and medical emergencies. such as accidents and epidemics.

Against this background, this study aims to examine the development of air and space strategies in Africa as well as their operationalization, prospects, challenges and possible pathways.


The lecture will be broadcast live on the RAF Museum Crowdcast channel on Thursday 11 August 2022. This lecture will start at 6 p.m.


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About Samuel Oyewole

Samuel Oyewole is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Federal University of Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria. His research has focused primarily on emerging security challenges and opportunities in Africa, and in particular how affected states can annex available potentials and utilize relevant capacities (especially technologies and instruments of coercion) with appropriate political measures to manage various strategic crises.

His articles have appeared in numerous journals, including Astropolitics, Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs, African Security, African Security Review, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, Defense and Security Analysis, Defense Studies, Geojournal, Journal of Asian and African Studies, New Zealand International Review, Politikon, Politeia, Sud African Journal of International Affairs, Strategic Analysis and Studies on Conflict and Terrorism.

He is co-editor of Power politics in Africa: Nigeria and South Africa in comparative perspective (Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2020) with Olusola Ogunnubi, and Boko Haram’s campaign of terror in Nigeria: context, dimensions and future trajectories (Routledge, 2021) with Temitope B. Oriola and Freedom C. Onuoha.

His forthcoming book, Political economy of kidnappings in Nigeria (Springer) is co-edited with J. Shola Omotola.

About the RAF Museum Research Program

The 2022 RAF Museum Research Program includes lunchtime lectures at the RAF Museum, Cosford; Air Power Lectures, co-organized with Lancaster University’s Center for War and Diplomacy; Air Power Seminars, co-organized with the University of Wolverhampton; and the Trenchard Lecture Series, held at the Royal Aeronautical Society. You can attend these talks in person or join us online as we broadcast live from the venue.

The RAF Museum will also be hosting virtual-only conferences throughout 2022. You can find more information about our Virtual Conferences and Crowdcast channel by visiting virtual-lectures/

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