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Developments in African politics and society, as well as changes in external actors’ engagements on the continent, have led to an increased need for knowledge about African security affairs. FOI Studies in African Security follows political-, military-, economic- and social developments in Africa with a focus on security policy and strategic trends.

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Studies in African security

FOI Studies in African Security is a long-standing partner to a wide range of actors in the public sector. It works with various sponsors, including the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish Armed Forces and international organizations such as the United Nations. The array of themes that the research programme works with includes internal conflicts, external actors’ interests and presence in the region, as well as the African peace- and security architecture.

Besides general monitoring and analysis of the security situation in Africa, FOI Studies in African Security conducts focused thematic analysis on issues such as:

  • Country and region analysis
  • Societal radicalisation, terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • African economies, natural resources and trade flows
  • Women, peace and security
  • Conflict prevention, Security Sector Reform (SSR), and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR)
  • Civil-military coordination in peacekeeping partnerships

Inquiries of particular relevance to Sweden and Europe are mainly in focus.

The FOI Studies in African Security team is a research cluster of several researchers and analysts with different background and individual expertise concerning security studies.

Elin Hellquist, Project Manager, Senior Analyst

Samuel Bergenwall, Deputy Project Manager, Senior Analyst

Gabriella Körling, Analyst

Eva Hagström Frisell, Research Director

Evelina Bonnier, Analyst

Michael Jonsson, Research Director

Aron Lund, Analyst

Lovisa Mickelsson, Junior Analyst

Emma Sjökvist, Analyst


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Last updated: 2021-05-31