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

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

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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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Barack Obama speaks following a CEO roundtable forum with regional and US business leaders in Dar Es Salaam on 1 July 2013. Photo by Getty Images.
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Trade Not Aid: Obama’s Africa Legacy

The charred rear of the National Assembly after it was torched by protesters in Libreville. Photo by Getty Images.
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Electoral Chaos Leaves Gabon in a State of Uncertainty

A wind-up torch handed out by the ruling ZANU-PF party during their election campaign in 2013 lies on the floor of a home without any power in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Photo by Getty Images.
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Are Southern Africa's Liberation Movements in Crisis?

Supporters of the Zambian ruling party Patriotic Front at the closing rally of President Edward Lungu's campaign on August 10, 2016 in Lusaka. Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images.
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Zambia’s Political Unity Put to the Test By Need for Fiscal Discipline

A South African woman casts her ballot for the municipal elections in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, on August 3, 2016. Photo by HERMAN VERWEY/AFP/Getty Images.
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South Africa Left in Limbo By Landmark Election Results

South Sudanese civilians flee fighting in an United Nations base in the northeastern town of Malakal on 18 February 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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South Sudan’s Peace Deal Hangs in the Balance

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. Photo by Getty Images.
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Regional Competition Could Obstruct South Korea’s Charm Offensive in East Africa

Moise Katumbi supporters disperse after police fired tear gas outside the courthouse in Lubumbashi on 13 May 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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Is the Democratic Republic of Congo Heading for Another Civil War?

Fishing boats from EMATUM and speedboats belonging to Mozambican state company Pro-Indicus at the Maputo Harbour on 22 April 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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How Can Mozambique Manage Its Debt Crisis?

A Fulani herdsman waters his cattle on a dusty plain between Malkohi and Yola town. Photo by Getty Images.
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Nigeria’s Government Must Ensure a Balanced Response to the Pastoralist−Settler Crisis

Ship in Tanga Bay. Photo by Alifazal, CC BY-SA 2.0.
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Tanzania Pipeline Deal Reflects Uganda’s Practical and Strategic Concerns

South Africa and ANC president Jacob Zuma at the official launch of the municipal elections manifesto on 16 April 2016 in Port Elizabeth. Photo by Getty Images.
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ANC Manifesto Launch Can’t Cover Party Cracks

Sudanese election staff sit at a polling station in North Darfur's state capital El Fasher on 13 April 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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Ill-Timed Referendum Will Not Save Darfur

A Djiboutian electoral agent searches for a voter card at a polling station on 22 March 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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Djibouti’s People Have Yet to Benefit From Its Growing Importance

The offices of Angola's central bank in Luanda. Photo via Getty Images.
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Can the IMF Help Angola Deepen Its Reform Agenda?

Jose Eduardo dos Santos Angolan greets the crowd during his final election campaign rally in 2012. Photo by Getty Images.
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Angolan President’s Surprise Announcement Will Shake Up the Country’s Politics

A woman walks past a Ugandan soldier and election posters in Kampala on 19 February 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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Uganda’s Election Results May Be Genuine, but the System is Dying

Laurent Gbagbo looks on next to his lawyer Emmanuel Altit before the start of his trial at the ICC on 28 January 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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Does the International Criminal Court Help to End Conflict or Exacerbate It?

Internally displaced persons at Dikwa Camp in Borno State on 2 February 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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Boko Haram Is Not ISIS, But It's Still a Threat

A policeman stands guard in front of the Splendid hotel on 17 January 2016 in Ouagadougou, following a jihadist attack on 15 January. Photo by Getty Images.
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Jihadism in the Sahel is Not Fading Away

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

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Pragmatic peace in emerging governscapes

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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

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

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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

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

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