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Past Projects



African Futures – Horizon 2025

The African Futures project, coordinated by the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), aims to explore major trends that are likely to affect the broader security environment in Africa in the 10 year outlook. The Egmont-Royal Institute for International Relations is a partner in the project, (suite…)

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Future of democracy in Africa: Trends in state-society relations

Date : 10-05-2017
This workshop held in Brussels and organised by the Open Society European Policy Institute brought together experts on and from Africa and policy-makers from across the EU to discuss what long-term trends in state-society relations are likely to mark the future of democracy in Africa. Read more

Africa growing? Past, present and future?

Date : 19-04-2017
This brief by Morten Jerven seeks to dispel some of the negative narratives about Africa’s economic record, as well as discern factors which could lead to future growth on the continent. Read more.

EU-Africa strategic dialogue

Date : 04-04-2017
This workshop on 'EU-Africa strategic dialogue' held in Rabat, in cooperation with the OCP Policy Center, explored African trends in terms of demography, economy and society, governance, international relations and security. 80 experts from Africa and Europe came together to exchange views on such horizontal issues as mobility and resources and their impact on regional development, stability and security. Read more.

African Security: between fragility and resilience

Date : 22-03-2017
This workshop held in Paris discussed the evolution of the African security landscape with a medium-long term perspective. Sources of conflict, drivers of radicalisation, trends in organized crime and challenges for peacekeeping were addressed with a view to fostering local resilience, building on emerging strengths, and focusing international support activities.

Organised crime and fragile states: African variations

Date : 22-03-2017
This brief by Luca Raineri and Francesco Strazzari explores how transnational organised crime (TOC) poses a security threat that may undermine the state in Africa, including its societal institutions, geopolitical stability and economic prosperity. Read more.

Africa’s international relations: between foreign actors and external projection

Date : 01-03-2017
The workshop, held at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, brought together experts on Africa’s international relations alongside officials from the EU, Belgian and French institutions in order to explore what long-term trends are likely to mark the position of Africa in the world. The focus was on both discussing the role of external partners in Africa (in particular the role of emerging powers) and the influence and power of Africa in the world. Read more.

Africa Uprising? The protests, the drivers, the outcomes

Date : 02-12-2016
This brief by Valérie Arnould, Aleksandra Tor and Alice Vervaeke explores whether the recent surge in political and social protests in Africa can be the harbinger of broader social and political change on the continent. Read more.

Beyond the ICC exit crisis

Date : 02-12-2016
This alert by Laura Kokko discusses the implications of Burundi, Gambia and South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. Read more.