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African states are playing an ever more active role in international affairs. Increasing numbers of emerging economies around the world aredeveloping political and economic relations with African states in pursuit of a number of strategic goals. Policy-makers in Europe andNorth America have generally been slow in recognising Africa's changing role, and remain fixated on purely humanitarian anddevelopmental perspectives.
Chatham House is utilising its strong contacts with governmental and non-governmental actors across Africa and around the world to helpthem to understand better these changing dynamics, and the challenges and opportunities they bring. The foreign policies (or lack ofthem) of the European Union and it's members, the US and emerging powers are impartially assessed, including a chapter on US policy inSub-Saharan Africa in America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership. This project considers the policies themselves, whohas influence in forming them, and reactions to them in Africa.
The Africa Programme runs several research projects focused on Asian re-engagement in Africa and results of Asian competition in Africa.Research on the impact of Asian National Oil Companies in Angola and Nigeria culminated in a report, Thirst for African Oil published inAugust 2009. A Chinese language version is now available also. A working paper on China and Angola was published by CSIS inWashington DC in March 2008 - Angola and China: A Pragmatic Partnership.
This work on China builds on research by the Africa Programme on China in Africa which has been published in The World Today, theSouth African Journal of International Affairs and Current History to date. In February 2008, China's Special Envoy on Darfur gave akeynote address at Chatham House - Darfur and Sino-African Relations - a sign of our growing engagement with China.
Chatham House is also working on Indian policy towards Africa building on our 2007 publication of a briefing paper - India in WestAfrica: A Burgeoning Relationship. In 2008 we published on India in the African Indian Ocean Rim and co-edited a special issue of the
South African Journal of International Affairs on India in Africa, launched in April 2008 to coincide with the first India-Africa Forumin New Delhi. In April 2010 a major conference looked at India's modern-day relationship with African countries and the futureengagement between India and the continent . A report summarizes the conference.
From 2008 - 2010, we undertook a project to consider international policy towards Africa and options for improving its effectiveness inthe post-G8 world. This project was carried out thanks to the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and a major report,Our Common Strategic Interests: Africa's role in the Post-G8 World, was published in June 2010 in the run up to the G8 and G20conferences in Canada, co-hosted with South Korea. The report argues that African countries are playing a more strategic role ininternational affairs and that global players which understand this and develop greater diplomatic and trade relations with African stateswill be greatly advantaged.
Ahead of the 2010 EU-Africa Summit, we compiled a list of resources to understand and explain the policy implications of therelationships between the European Union and the African Union and their constituent members.
EU-Africa Summit resourcesNovember 2010
Our Common Strategic Interests: Africa's Role in the Post-G8 WorldChatham House ReportTom Cargill, June 2010
Sub-Saharan Africa: Providing Strategic Vision or Fire-Fighting?Chapter from, America and a Changed World: A Question of LeadershipAlex Vines and Tom Cargill, May 2010
Two Years on from the Forum Summit: The Future of Africa-India EngagementConference Report, April 2010
Thirst for African Oil: Asian National Oil Companies in Nigeria and AngolaChatham House ReportAlex Vines, Lillian Wong, Markus Weimer and Indira Campos, August 2009
Options for the EU to Support the African Peace and Security ArchitectureProgramme PaperAlex Vines and Roger Middleton, June 2008
India's Engagement with the African Indian Ocean Rim StatesProgramme PaperAlex Vines and Bereni Oruitemeka, April 2008
Angola and China: A Pragmatic PartnershipWorking PaperIndira Campos and Alex Vines, March 2008
Darfur and Sino-African RelationsTranscript, audio and videoAmbassador Liu Guijin, Chinese Government Special Representative on Darfur, February 2008
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