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The Angola Forum

The Angola Forum informs international policy related to Angola and anticipates emerging trends in the countries emerging regional and international policy.  

dos SantosIs Islam Banned in Angola?
The uproar over reports that Angola has banned Islam highlights poor communication and clumsy policy by the Angolan authorities, and how ill thought through policies are distorted by Angolan social media, the opposition and the international press, writes Alex Vines. Read.


10 Years of Peace
Angola marked a decade of peace in 2012. Several resources provide an overview of change in the country, including a paper assessing progress in areas such as corruption, and podcasts with Angolan politicians. More.


Foreign Policy in Africa
Angola and its neighbours must 'mobilize resources to guarantee better security', said Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Angola's Foreign Minister, speaking at Chatham House.
Audio/Transcript.


About the Angola Forum

Angola has been an important country focus for Chatham House since 1998, when the Angola Forum was founded. Since then, the Africa Programme has established itself as a globally influential centre for independent policy research on Angola.

Angola is a complex and challenging country to understand and engage. Combined with cultural, linguistic and historical differences, most non-Portuguese speaking countries, such as the UK, have struggled to develop a strategic approach to the country until recently. Yet Angola is increasingly significant internationally with major oil reserves and an ambitious foreign policy. It also offers corresponding challenges of weak governance, significant corruption, human rights violations, and erratic foreign policy interventions.

Funded through the contributions of its members, the Angola Forum offers a unique setting for individuals, organizations and companies, both from the UK and internationally, to participate in forward looking, policy focussed and influential debate and research. The Forum also provides administrative and intellectual support for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Angola.

2012 was the tenth year of peace since the Luena Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 4 April 2002. This year will also be the year when the first elections under the new constitution are set to take place. The previous elections in 2008 were only the second in the history of Angola, and the first elections that did not result in conflict.


Events

The Angola Forum has held briefings and seminars on Angolan business, investment, politics, human rights, the constitution and culture, and has attracted senior government officials, as well as members of the opposition, business sphere and civil society.

5 September 2013
Reaping the Revenue in Angola: Extractive Industries Transparency and Governance
Elias Isaac, Country Director, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, Luanda

30 July 2013 
Democracy and Decentralization: The Implementation of the 2010 Angolan Constitution
Hon Dr Bornito de Sousa, Minister for Territorial Administration, Angola

25 July 2013
Uncovering African Agency: Angola's Management of China's Credit Lines
Lucy Corkin, Author

21 May 2013
UK-Angola Bilateral Relations: Priorities, Influence and Impact
HE Richard Wildash, British Ambassador to Angola

15 May 2013 
The Role of New Political Parties in Angola: New Entrant, New Era?
Abel Chivukuvuku, President, Convergência Ampla de Salvação de Angola (CASA-CE)

29 April 2013
Change in Angola: The Role of UNITA
Isaias Samakuva, President, National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA)

11 April 2013
New Investment Frontiers: Angola and Mozambique

31 January 2013
Higher Education in Angola: the Importance of International Partnerships
HE Adão do Nascimento, Minister of Higher Education, Angola  

More Events >>


Publications

Democracy and Decentralization: The Implementation of the 2010 Angolan Constitution
Meeting Summary, July 2013

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

Angola Matters to the US. So What's the Problem?
CNN
Alex Vines, May 2013 

UK-Angola Bilateral Relations: Priorities, Influence and Impact
Meeting Summary, May 2013

The Role of New Political Parties in Angola: New Entrant, New Era?
Meeting Summary, May 2013

Change in Angola: The Role of UNITA
Meeting Summary, April 2013

New Investment Frontiers: Angola and Mozambique
Meeting Summary, April 2013

Higher Education in Angola: the Importance of International Partnerships
Meeting Summary, January 2013


Sponsorship and Contact

The work of the Forum is sponsored by BP, Banco Africano de Investimentos, De Beers, Exxon, Chevron, Standard Chartered Bank, Marathon Oil and Gas and Statoil.

If you would like more information please contact Alex Vines OBE.

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