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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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

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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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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

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Zimbabwe: Turning Thirty

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Guinea: Bought by Beijing

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

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Zimbabwe: Taking Transitional Justice to The People

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Nigerian Leadership: Rising Political Heat

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

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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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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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Event Q&A: Islamism in the Horn of Africa

Africa's expanding market for microinsurance presents new opportunities both for development and commerce.
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Event Speech: Microinsurance in Africa

Africa's expanding market for microinsurance presents new opportunities both for development and commerce.
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Event Q&A: Microinsurance in Africa

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) officers patrol around the Gashandhiga academy compound during celebrations of the 55th anniversary day of the Somali military force on April 12,2015 in Mogadishu.
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Event Speech: Securing Somalia's Stability

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) officers patrol around the Gashandhiga academy compound during celebrations of the 55th anniversary day of the Somali military force on April 12,2015 in Mogadishu.
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Event Q&A: Securing Somalia's Stability

A man holds up the national flag as people celebrate at the Place de la Nation in the capital Ouagadougou, after Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced earlier on October 31, 2014, he was stepping down to make way for elections follo
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Event Speech: Burkina Faso Beyond Compaoré: Sustaining the Transition to 2015 Elections

A man holds up the national flag as people celebrate at the Place de la Nation in the capital Ouagadougou, after Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced earlier on October 31, 2014, he was stepping down to make way for elections follo
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Event Q&A: Burkina Faso Beyond Compaoré: Sustaining the Transition to 2015 Elections

A picture taken on June 2, 2015 shows a general view of the parliament during the swearing in ceremony of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for another term of five years, a month and a half after his victory in elections marked by low turnout.
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Event Speech: Sudan Beyond the Elections: Scenarios for Political Reform and Regional Prospects

British Prime Minister David Cameron (front R) and delegates gather for a group photograph during the Somalia Conference at Lancaster House on February 23, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.
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UK Africa Policy, the Prosperity Agenda and the 'Golden Thread': Between Idealism and Pragmatism? - Session 1: How Much Does Africa Matter?

British Prime Minister David Cameron (front R) and delegates gather for a group photograph during the Somalia Conference at Lancaster House on February 23, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.
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UK Africa Policy, the Prosperity Agenda and the 'Golden Thread': Between Idealism and Pragmatism? - Session 2: Transitioning Africa, Transitioning Policy?

British Prime Minister David Cameron (front R) and delegates gather for a group photograph during the Somalia Conference at Lancaster House on February 23, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.
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UK Africa Policy, the Prosperity Agenda and the 'Golden Thread': Between Idealism and Pragmatism? - Session 3: Challenges to the Prosperity Agenda

British Prime Minister David Cameron (front R) and delegates gather for a group photograph during the Somalia Conference at Lancaster House on February 23, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.
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UK Africa Policy, the Prosperity Agenda and the 'Golden Thread': Between Idealism and Pragmatism? - Session 4: UK-Africa Policy Beyond UK Elections

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Africa's Changing Policy Context: Towards Economic Transformation

Africa’s vast economic potential now dominates discourse about the continent’s development.
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Event Speech: Africa's New Agenda for Economic Transformation

Africa’s vast economic potential now dominates discourse about the continent’s development.
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Event Q&A: Africa's New Agenda for Economic Transformation

A general view shows the rain forest near Luba, on January 22, 2015.
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Event Speech: Equatorial Guinea: Development, Growth and Governance

A general view shows the rain forest near Luba, on January 22, 2015.
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Event Q&A: Equatorial Guinea: Development, Growth and Governance

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Nigeria's Security: Insurgency, Elections and Coordinating Responses to Multiple Threats

An Ebola patient is seen in high risk area at the ELWA 3 Ebola Centre of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on 16 October, 2014 in Paynesville suburb east of Monrovia, Liberia. Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
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Event Speech: The Socio-Economic Consequences of Ebola in Sierra Leone

An Ebola patient is seen in high risk area at the ELWA 3 Ebola Centre of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on 16 October, 2014 in Paynesville suburb east of Monrovia, Liberia. Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
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Event Q&A: The Socio-Economic Consequences of Ebola in Sierra Leone

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