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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A Biafra supporter wears shoes with the colours of the Biafra flag. Photo: Getty Images.
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Calls for Biafran Independence Return to South East Nigeria

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Boko Haram: Journey from Evil – Documentary Screening

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Migration in the Horn of Africa: European Union Policy

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The Eritrean National Service: Fostering or Failing Unity?

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Defining Development for Rivers State and Steps to Sustainable Implementation

A Kenyan security force member in Nairobi on 30 October. Photo: Getty Images.
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Kenya Election Fallout Makes Institutional Challenges Impossible to Ignore

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The Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: Examining Escalation and Seeking Solutions

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South Africa's Foreign Policy: All Things to All States?

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

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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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Political Opposition and Policy Alternatives in Zambia

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Gabon’s Foreign Policy: What Role in Regional Peace and Development?

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir on a visit to Ethiopia in April. Photo: Getty Images.
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Time to Resolve the Debate Over Immunity and the International Criminal Court

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Next Generation Nigeria: Youth, Opportunity and Governance for the Future

A Sudanese soldier walks in a procession during President Omar al-Bashir's tour in Darfur on 21 September. Photo: Getty Images.
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US Must Keep a Close Watch on Sudan After Easing Sanctions

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Technology and Development in Africa: Innovation for Sustainable Growth

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People Trafficking From Nigeria to the UK: Tackling Root Causes and Protecting Victims

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Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis in the CAR: The Role of the UN

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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

The main entrance of the COP21 in Le Bourget, France. Photo by Getty Images.
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Beyond Blame: Shaping a New African Agenda on Climate Change

A pedestrian waits by an oil tanker waiting in a queue of traffic outside the Port of Luanda. Photo via Getty Images.
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Angola Can Mark 40 Years Since Independence with Bold Economic Reforms

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Beyond the ICC: The Role of Domestic Courts in Prosecuting International Crimes Committed in Africa

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Universal Jurisdiction for International Crimes: Africa's Hope for Justice?

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Two Years on from the Forum Summit: The Future of Africa-India Engagement

The World Today

Guinea: Bought by Beijing

The World Today

Zimbabwe: Turning Thirty

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Procurement for Development Forum: Meeting VII - Urbanisation, Social and Political Threats to Supply Chain Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Zimbabwe: Taking Transitional Justice to The People

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Nigerian Leadership: Rising Political Heat

The World Today

South Africa's Continuing Leadership Challenges: Will the Real Jacob Zuma Please Stand Up?

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Intelligence Bound: the South African Constitution and Intelligence Services

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Somalia: Bad Situation, Getting Worse

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Economic Drivers of Conflict and Cooperation in the Horn of Africa

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People Smuggling: Pirates, Bandits, Traffickers

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Horn of Africa Food Crisis: Perfect Storm

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Drama in the Niger Delta: Predators Circle

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Eritrea's External Relations: Understanding its Regional Role and Foreign Policy

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Nigeria's Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative: Just a Glorious Audit?

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The Red Flag Rises: South Africa at the Crossroads

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Deal or No Deal: the Outlook for Agricultural Land Investment in Africa

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Africa International: Agency and Interdependency in a Changing World

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

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

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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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Moving Energy Initiative: Clean Energy Projects Providing Opportunities for Refugees

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Kenya Elections 2017: Prospects for a Credible Process

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Angola Forum 2017: Economic Diversification, Development and Strengthening Democracy

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Angola Forum 2017: Economic Diversification, Development and Strengthening Democracy

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The African Union Vision for Peace and Prosperity in Africa

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Sustaining Somalia’s Transition: National Priorities and International Engagement

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The UK and Africa in the International System: Priorities and Engagement Post-Brexit

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Evolution of the Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay

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Ebola: The Epidemic of Fear?

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Growth in Africa: The End of Africa Rising?

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The Journey to Europe: In Conversation with Ross Kemp and Marta Shaw

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