This project examines key aspects and changes within UK policy towards Africa, particularly in the fields of politics and trade.

The UK has a complex history of engagements in Africa that continue to influence key relationships and policy. Combining international perspectives and connections, this ongoing project explains these complexities in a policy relevant manner. It examines how UK policy towards Africa is impacted by the growing importance of the European Union, and changing international balance of power.

In recent years outputs related to UK's Africa engagements have included a project on UK-Mozambique links sponsored by the British FCO, including a meeting in Maputo addressed by the then UK Minister with responsibility for Africa Lord Malloch Brown, followed by a speech at Chatham House by his Mozambique counterpart Foreign Minister Oldemiro Baloi in 2010. In November 2010 current UK Minister with responsibility for Africa Henry Bellingham MP, spoke at Chatham House on the UK's policy in Zimbabwe. Other events on UK policy have included a presentation by the Foreign Minister of Senegal on the growing UK trade links with Senegal, and a meeting on Angola and the UK, part of the Africa Programme's Angola Forum. In June 2010 Chatham House hosted a report publication event on Anglo-French cooperation in Africa, published by the University of Portsmouth.

In 2011 Chatham House undertook several activities with UK relevance, and published several papers related to different aspects of UK policy. A paper considered the emerging development policies in Africa of Scotland and Wales and a separate paper looked at British foreign policy trends in Africa.

On the eve of the 9th bi-annual UK-SA Bilateral Forum, Chatham House hosted a reception for the delegates, at which the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, and Elizabeth Thabethe, South Africa's Trade and Industry Deputy Minister spoke.

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