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 #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...

Africa This Week (16-22 March)

In brief: Increasing violence in South Sudan Anu Maria Joseph, Narmatha S and Vetriselvi Baskaran Increasing violence in South Sudan The major development in Africa this week is the increasing violence in South Sudan. On 19 March, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) released a report indicating...

30 years after the Rwandan Genocide

In the news On 7 April, it would be 30 years of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, a massacre of 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus by the ethnic Hutus over 100 days. On the day, Rwandan President Paul Kagame will light a remembrance flame at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. The UN and the African Union...

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