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Africa and the Changing Balance of International Power

The Africa Programme utilizes its strong contacts with governmental and non-governmental actors across Africa and around the world to help generate a better understanding of the changing dynamics of the African political and economic landscape.

In recent years, the Africa Programme has built strong expertise and led several research projects focused on Asian re-engagement in Africa. Research on the impact of Asian National Oil Companies in Angola and Nigeria culminated in the report, Thirst for African Oil published in 2009. The report is also available in Chinese and Portuguese. 

As increasing numbers of emerging economies around the world develop political and economic relations with African states in pursuit of a number of strategic goals, the Africa Programme will launch a series of papers in 2014 looking at this relationship between Africa and emerging powers. Options for improving the effectiveness of international policy towards Africa in the post-G8 world were discussed in a previous report, Our Common Strategic Interests: Africa's role in the Post-G8 World, published in 2010. Recently we also published a report on Brazil’s engagement in Africa.

In 2010 we hosted a conference on India's modern-day relationship with African countries and the future engagement between India and the continent. A report summarizes the conference. Ahead of the 2011 India-Africa Forum, a collection of resources examined India-Africa relations.

For the 2010 EU-Africa Summit, we compiled a list of resources to understand and explain the policy implications of the relationships between the European Union and the African Union and their constituent members.

The programme also looks in detail at the UK’s complex engagement in Africa through our work on UK Policy in Africa.


Uncovering African Agency: Angola's Management of China's Credit Lines
Meeting Summary, July 2013 

Africa and the International Criminal Court
Programme Paper
Max du Plessis, Tiyanjana Maluwa and Annie O'Reilly, July 2013

Navigating the Nexus: The Interplay of EU Security and Development Policies in Africa
Meeting Summary, June 2013

A New Way to Engage? French Policy in Africa from Sarkozy to Hollande
Programme Paper
Paul Melly and Vincent Darracq, May 2013

Brazil in Africa: Just Another BRICS Country Seeking Resources?
Briefing Paper
Christina Stolte, November 2012

The EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa: A Critical Assessment of Impacts and Opportunities
European Parliament Report
Ahmed Soliman, Alex Vines, Jason Mosley, September 2012 

The EU and Africa: From Eurafrique to Afro-Europa
Meeting Summary, September 2012

China and Africa: A Century of Engagement
Meeting Summary, June 2012

France and Africa after the Libyan Intervention
Meeting Summary, October 2011

Implementing the EU Concept on Mediation: Learning from the Cases of Sudan and the Great Lakes
Report for the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs
Roger Middleton, Paul Melly, Alex Vines, June 2011

Emerging Agents of Change? Africa and International Negotiations
Meeting Summary, February 2011

EU-Africa Summit resources
November 2010

Our Common Strategic Interests: Africa's Role in the Post-G8 World
Chatham House Report
Tom Cargill, June 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa: Providing Strategic Vision or Fire-Fighting?
Chapter from, America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership
Alex Vines and Tom Cargill, May 2010

Two Years on from the Forum Summit: The Future of Africa-India Engagement
Conference Report, April 2010

Thirst for African Oil: Asian National Oil Companies in Nigeria and Angola
Chatham House Report
Alex Vines, Lillian Wong, Markus Weimer and Indira Campos, August 2009

Options for the EU to Support the African Peace and Security Architecture
Programme Paper
Alex Vines and Roger Middleton, June 2008

India's Engagement with the African Indian Ocean Rim States
Programme Paper
Alex Vines and Bereni Oruitemeka, April 2008

Angola and China: A Pragmatic Partnership
Working Paper
Indira Campos and Alex Vines, March 2008

Darfur and Sino-African Relations
Transcript, audio and video
Ambassador Liu Guijin, Chinese Government Special Representative on Darfur, February 2008

India and West Africa: A Burgeoning Relationship
Briefing Paper
Sushant K Singh, April 2007

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