NIAS Area Studies


NIAS Area Studies: Africa

NIAS Africa Studies aims to study contemporary Africa through the following verticals: 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, especially with the US, Europe and China. It publishes Africa Monitor (a monthly), with an objective to build capacity amongst the Indian scholars working on Africa.

NIAS Africa Studies also aims to create a network of African scholars in India and African scholars residing in India through an Annual Conclave starting from 2024.

Regular Publications

NIAS Africa Weekly #91 | Failed coup in Sierra Leone

IN FOCUS  Sierra Leone: A failed coup Anu Maria Joseph On 27 November, BBC Africa reported that at least 19 people including 13 soldiers were killed during the violence that happened on 26 November, A group of armed men attacked military barracks and prisons releasing several inmates.  On 26 November, a Reuters journalist who witnessed the violence heard one of the perpetrators chanting: "We'll clean this society. We know what we are up to. We are not after any ordinary...

South Africa Elections 2024: Early results imply a coalition

In the news On 29 May, South Africa held its national and provincial elections. It was the seventh election since the end of the apartheid regime in 1994. This year, South Africa also marks 30 years since the first inclusive democratic elections that ended the Apartheid regime. The polls were reported...

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