Africa

Chatham House research on Africa explores key political, economic and social developments in sub-Saharan Africa, with areas of focus on Angola, Central Africa and the Great Lakes, East Africa, the Horn of Africa, Nigeria, southern Africa and West Africa.

Projects in this region include work on EU-Africa relations, economic growth and investment, extractive resources and society, and African maritime security.

A major programmatic focus of this work for Chatham House is carried out by the Africa Programme and its projects.

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Africa and Europe: From Common Interests to Transformative Cooperation on Governance

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The Future of Liberia's Democracy and Development: The Role of the National Legislature

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Zimbabwe Ahead of the Elections: Political and Economic Challenges

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What authoritarianism is... and is not: a practice perspective

Afonso Dhlakama addresses a crowd of supporters at a campaign rally in 2014. Photo: Getty Images.
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Afonso Dhlakama’s Death Changes the Calculation for Peace Prospects in Mozambique

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Nigeria's 2019 Elections: Conflict Risks, Prevention and Preparation

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Nigeria's Economic Prospects and the Task of Transformation

New prime minister Abiy Ahmed attends a rally in Ambo, Ethiopia. Photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images
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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Shows Knack for Balancing Reform and Continuity

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Planning for Africa's Future: Youth Perspectives from Kenya and South Africa

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Next Generation Nigeria: The Importance of Strengthening States’ Economic Management

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Zimbabwe’s International Re-engagement and Socio-economic Recovery

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Somaliland's Regional Priorities and Strategic Partnerships

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Strengthening Institutions for Development: Lessons from the Seychelles

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Shaping The Gambia's Future: How to Build a Path to Sustainable Progress

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Kenya’s Priorities for Inclusive Growth: Towards Domestic Development and Regional Peace

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Fostering Sustainable Peace, Democracy and Inclusive Development in Mozambique

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The Relevance of Intergovernmental Organizations to African States: The Role of the Commonwealth

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Preventing the Loss of Arms and Ammunition in African Peace Operations

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South Africa’s Political Economy Under New Leadership

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The International Court of Justice and Africa

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International Affairs

What authoritarianism is... and is not: a practice perspective

International Affairs

Counter-insurgency in the Somali territories: the 'grey' zone between peace and pacification

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Conflict prevention as pragmatic response to a twofold crisis: liberal interventionism and Burundi

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Concrete approaches to peace: infrastructure as peacebuilding

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Pragmatic peace in emerging governscapes

Father and daughter in their shelter in Goudoubo refugee camp, Burkina Faso, March 2017. Photo: Kwesi Annim.
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Prices, Products and Priorities: Meeting Refugees’ Energy Needs in Burkina Faso and Kenya

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Rebuilding Zimbabwe

Customers register their MTN Group Ltd mobile phone sim cards at a roadside kiosk in Lagos, Nigeria, on 31 October 2015. The South African multinational MTN is Africa’s largest wireless operator. Photo: Bloomberg/Getty Images.
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South Africa’s Economic Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa: Drivers, Constraints and Future Prospects

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Beyond seablindness: a new agenda for maritime security studies

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Forced male circumcision: gender-based violence in Kenya

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The BRICS - merely a fable? Emerging power alliances in global trade governance

Industrial complex for the production of galvanized roof sheets, Kampala, Uganda. Photo: Elk Arne Clausen/Getty Images.
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Developing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

International Affairs

Instrumentalizing AIDS empowerment discourses in Malawi and Zambia: an actor-oriented view of donor politics

Pedestrians walking under the Henri Konan Bédié Bridge in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 14 December 2014, ahead of its inauguration on 16 December. Photo: SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images.
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Building Inclusivity in Côte d’Ivoire? Promoting Sustainable Growth Through Infrastructure Development

The main hall of the Budapest Congress and Trade Center on 16 May 2011, as parliamentarians from the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of nations kicked off talks with their EU counterparts. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/Staff/Getty Images.
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Central and Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa: Prospects for Sustained Re-engagement

Aerial view of Lagos island and Lagos harbour, Nigeria, on 17 March 2016. Photo: Frédéric Soltan/Getty Images.
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Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions

International Affairs

South–South in retreat? The transitions from Lula to Rousseff to Temer and Brazilian development cooperation

A soldier during inspections for signs of fever, one of the symptoms of Ebola, at a checkpoint in Nikabo, a village in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on 27 August 2014. Photo: Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
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Sierra Leone’s Response to the Ebola Outbreak: Management Strategies and Key Responder Experiences

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Is China eroding the bargaining power of traditional donors in Africa?

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Will Guinea beat its fatalité?

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Africa and Europe: From Common Interests to Transformative Cooperation on Governance

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The Future of Liberia's Democracy and Development: The Role of the National Legislature

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Zimbabwe Ahead of the Elections: Political and Economic Challenges

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Partnering for Prosperity: A New Trade Deal with Africa

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Nigeria's 2019 Elections: Conflict Risks, Prevention and Preparation

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Nigeria's Economic Prospects and the Task of Transformation

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Planning for Africa's Future: Youth Perspectives from Kenya and South Africa

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Next Generation Nigeria: The Importance of Strengthening States’ Economic Management

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Zimbabwe’s International Re-engagement and Socio-economic Recovery

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Somaliland's Regional Priorities and Strategic Partnerships

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Strengthening Institutions for Development: Lessons from the Seychelles

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Shaping The Gambia's Future: How to Build a Path to Sustainable Progress

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Kenya’s Priorities for Inclusive Growth: Towards Domestic Development and Regional Peace

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Fostering Sustainable Peace, Democracy and Inclusive Development in Mozambique

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The Relevance of Intergovernmental Organizations to African States: The Role of the Commonwealth

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Preventing the Loss of Arms and Ammunition in African Peace Operations

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South Africa’s Political Economy Under New Leadership

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The International Court of Justice and Africa

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Protecting Somali Refugees: Finding Durable International Solutions

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The Relevance of Intergovernmental Organizations to African States: The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries

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Next Generation Nigeria: The Importance of Strengthening States’ Economic Management

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Zimbabwe’s International Re-engagement and Socio-economic Recovery

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Somaliland's Regional Priorities and Strategic Partnerships

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Shaping The Gambia's Future: How to Build a Path to Sustainable Progress

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Fostering Sustainable Peace, Democracy and Inclusive Development in Mozambique (in Portuguese)

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Kenya’s Priorities for Inclusive Growth: Towards Domestic Development and Regional Peace

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The Big Picture on Small States: How Can the Commonwealth’s Small States Navigate Global Challenges?

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Redefining Partnership: the EU-Africa Relationship Beyond the Cotonou Partnership Agreement

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Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Dr Jane Cocking OBE

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Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Dr Polly Savage, SOAS

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Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Professor Piero Gleijeses

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Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: General Peregrino Isidro Wambu Chindondo

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Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Major General (Rtd) Roland de Vries

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Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Gerhard Zank, HALO Trust

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Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Professor Chester A. Crocker

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Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Colonel Rui Nelson

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Next Generation Nigeria: What Is Restructuring and Does Nigeria Need It?

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Podcast: Growing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa: Job Creation, Innovation and Industrialization

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Growing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa: Job Creation, Innovation and Industrialization

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Recovering Africa's Stolen Assets: Lessons from the Windward Trading Case

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