Swedish Defence Research Agency



The Studies in African Security programme is a long-standing partner to a wide range of actors in the public sector. It works with several sponsors, including the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of foreign Affairs, the Swedish Armed Forces and international organisations such as the United Nations.

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Studies in African security

Africa is a continent experiencing a strong but heterogeneous political and economic development. Many countries are moving towards enhanced security, increased growth, and economic freedom-of-action. Others are still plagued by conflicts, violations of human rights, disease, and extreme poverty. Global challenges, such as environmental degradation, climate change, and epidemics, are striking hard, adding to the effects of poverty. Many African organisations and countries are reaching out for support in developing democratic and effective institutions, e.g. for national and regional security. In Africa, a continent to which many non-African countries have a long-standing relationship in development cooperation, the political-security-development nexus is evident.

Besides general monitoring and analysis of the security situation in Africa, the FOI Studies in African Security team currently conducts a number of thematic studies, centred on issues such as e.g:

  • Country and Region Analyses
  • The Emerging Structures and Architectures for Peace and Security in Africa (APSA)
  • External Actors' Interests and Strategies in Africa
  • Conflict Prevention, Security Sector Reform (SSR), and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR)
  • Inter-organisational and civil-military coordination in peacekeeping partnerships
  • Lessons Learned and Evaluation of Peace Support Operations in Africa
  • Environmental and Medical Intelligence, and Environmental Impacts of Peace Operations
  • Societal Radicalisation, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
  • African Economies, Natural Resources and Trade Flows

FOI maintains and develops a network of centres-of-excellence and subject matter experts on Africa, inter alia the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI). We are also facilitating contacts and collaboration between various national actors involved in peace building efforts in Africa, through seminars, workshops and lectures.

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.

Evelina Bonnier, Projektledare
Economics, Gender, Development.

Karolina Gasinska, Project Manager.
Sahel, Gender, Peace and Security.

B-G Bergstrand, Senior Researcher, Economist
African Economies and Natural Resources, Trade Flows.

Eva Hagström Frisell, Senior Scientist
Gender, Peace and Security.

Carina Gunnarson, Senior Researcher, Associate Professor
Foreign State Actors, Organized crime.

Alexandra Hallqvist, Analyst
North Africa, Gender, Peace and Security.

Michael Jonsson, Senior Scientist, PhD.
Civil Wars, state fragility and organized crime, including DDR, SSR, UNSCR 1325 and anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism.

Helené Lackenbauer, Deputy Research Director.
International Humanitarian Work, Protection, Refugees and Migration, Gender, Peace and Security.

Birgitta Liljedahl, Senior Scientist.
Environmental Security, Environmental and Medical Intelligence, Environmental and Health Impacts of Peace Support Operations. 

Annica Waleij, Senior Analyst.
Environmental Security, Environmental and Medical Intelligence, Environmental and Health Impacts of Peace Support Operations.


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Last updated: 2020-04-29