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Dr Chris Alden|

Head of Programme


Laura Barber|

Programme Coordinator



Africa International Affairs

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The LSE IDEAS Africa International Affairs Programme is designed to promote greater understanding of the extent to which the recent past in Africa has a particular importance, and relevance for contemporary domestic politics and economies, inter-state relations, and the continent's relationship with the wider world. It aims at assistance and support for historical and political theory research and its publication, as well as the promotion of young African academics. More »|


annual_fund_logo-BIG_150x150The LSE IDEAS Africa International Affairs Programme is grateful for indispensable support provided by the LSE Annual Fund.



IDEAS-Africa Talks Public Lecture - South Africa: From Transformational Leadership to Mafia State?|


On Tuesday 25 November, Dr Mzukisi Qobo will discuss his view that political governance in South Africa has collapsed, and explore the possibilities of the country's political future. Please find more information about the event here|.
Institute of Commonwealth Studies Conference - Nelson Mandela: Myth and Reality|


On Friday 5 December 2014, the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela's death, The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is convening a conference to discuss the complexities of his legacy. Please find further information here|.



China and Mozambique: From Comrades to Capitalists|

New Edited volume by Prof Chris Alden and Dr Sergio Chichava, "China and Mozambique drills down into the heart of a relationship whose growing depth and complexity exposes key themes that will affect Africa’s future development." More here. |

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SAIIA Special Report: Why Obama's Visit to Africa Matters|

US-Africa relations have changed considerably over the past 20 years. A perceived limited American policy focused on providing ‘poor’ Africans with aid and selfishly dealing with its own security issues, such as access to oil and fighting terrorism, has now evolved into a partnership that is substantially more than just that. Today it is a relationship that is crucial for both entities. President Barack Obama’s upcoming Africa visit (26 June to 3 July 2013) is yet another testament of how far America is willing to go to prove it. Read here.|


Xai-Xai Chinese rice farm and Mozambican internal political dynamics: A complex relation" by Dr Sergio Chichava|

LSE IDEAS Africa Fellow Dr Sergio Chichava, produces Occasional Paper 2. The Chinese commitment to support African countries in boosting agricultural development is, amongst others, one the main promises made by the Asian giant to Africa. Read here.|


 “Reconstructing Somalia and the Politics of Public Sector Finance” by Abdirazak Fartaag|

This policy briefing, Occasional Paper 1, based on a longer and more detailed study to be published, critically examines Somalia’s public sector finance and the efforts to reconstruct the state from the Transitional National Government (TNG) to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the post-transitional government arrangements. Read here.|



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