NIAS Area Studies


NIAS Area Studies: Africa

NIAS Africa Studies aims to study contemporary Africa from an internal prism through multiple verticals. The primary verticals include the following: internal politics, peace and conflict issues, civil-military relations, non-traditional security issues, radicalism, regional complexities (Horn of Africa, Sahel and North Africa), geopolitics and external relations.

NIAS Africa Studies also aims to create a network of Africa scholars in India as well as African scholars residing in India.

Regular Publications

NIAS Africa Weekly #87&88 | Elusive Ceasefires in Sudan

IN FOCUS Sudan’s ceasefires remain elusive: Four reasons why Anu Maria Joseph In November, the conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) reached the seventh month. The conflict has expanded in terms of intensity and geography. According to the UN, the conflict has killed more than 9,000 people.  On 7 November, Reuters reported on two warring sides RSF and SAF agreeing to easing humanitarian aid deliveries and implementing confidence-building...

Africa’s debate on colonial reparations

Africa: The debate on colonial reparations Sneha Surendran On 1 November, King Charles III conveyed his “greatest sorrow and deepest regret” for the “abhorrent and unjustifiable acts of violence” committed on the Kenyans during their struggle for independence against colonial...

Sudan: Intense Fighting between the warring sides

In the news On 19 September, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reported that more than 1,200 children have died in Sudanese refugee camps from suspected measles and starvation. Additionally, the agency stated that every month in Sudan, more than 50,000 children...

Sudan, three years after Omar al Bashir

After the regime change in April 2019, which overthrew the Omar al-Bashir government, there was a hope that the country will slowly march into democracy and economic prosperity. However, the developments in Sudan since October 2021 have placed them in a situation that existed in 2019, with the rolling...

Continuing Human Rights Issues in Ethiopia: Takeaways of the UN report

On 18 September 2023, the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia released a report on the human rights status in Ethiopia. The report highlights the violations of international law and crimes perpetrated in Tigray, Afar, Amhara and Oromia during the period from November 2020 to...


About the team

Research Assistant, NIAS

Postgraduate Scholar, Madras Christian College, Chennai

Postgraduate Scholar, Stella Maris College, Chennai

Postgraduate Scholar, OP Jindal University, Haryana