Southern Africa

Research examines the political economy and foreign policy of countries in the region.

Current research areas include the nexus between business, human rights, and peace processes in Mozambique; Zambia’s foreign relations and mineral resource potential; economic diversification in Angola; and regional natural resource governance in the context of critical minerals, climate diplomacy, and just transition policy.

Our events and research provide a space for debate and analysis on elections and democratic progression, especially as national liberation movements face rising pressure for reform, particularly in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The Africa programme maintains a focus on supporting options for reform in Eswatini, and is deepening analysis of how Southern African states are navigating the shift to a multipolar world through their bilateral and multilateral relations.