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Alex Vines, OBE

Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; and Head, Africa Programme

Contact: Email Alex Vines, OBE
Telephone: +44 20 7957 5713
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  • Politics in sub-Saharan Africa, especially Angola
  • Private security and political risk in Africa
  • Proliferation of light weapons and landmines in Africa


  • African politics
  • UN embargoes in Africa
  • Asia in Africa
  • Impact of oil and gas in Africa
  • UK foreign policy

Recent Publications


2012 -  Research Director, Area Studies and International Law, Chatham House
2002 -  Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
2013 Fellow (Hon.), Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos
2012 - 13 Visiting Lecturer, Peace Studies, University of Bradford
2009 - Senior Lecturer (previously Lecturer), Department of International Studies and Social Science, and Associate, African Studies Centre, Coventry University
2008 - 12 Director of Regional and Security Studies, Chatham House
2005 - 2007 Member, later Chair, UN Panel of Experts on Côte d'Ivoire
2001 - 2003 Member, UN Panel of Experts on Liberia
2002 - 2010 Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch (part-time)
1999 - 2002 Associate Fellow, British-Angola Forum, Chatham House
1993 - 2002 Researcher/Senior Researcher, Arms and Africa Divisions, Human Rights Watch
1997 MacArthur NGO Fellow, Department of War Studies, King's College, University of London
1994 - 2000 Research Associate, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford
1994 Electoral officer, UNOMOZ, Mozambique
1992 Electoral officer, UNAVEM II, Angola
1990 - 1993 Africa Analyst, Control Risks
1990 Consultant, Centre for Southern African Studies, University of York
1989 Research Assistant, National Museums and Monuments, Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Graduate Scholar, British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

Journal Editorial and Advisory Boards

South African Journal of International Affairs; Africa Review (journal of the African Studies Association of India) and Journal of Southern African Studies

Broadcast Experience



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