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Sub-Saharan Africa is a macro-region in transformation. It is affected by traditional and emerging threats, growing violent extremism and radicalisation, new forms of intra-state violence, structural and climate-related vulnerabilities, social grievances, and migratory pressures. At the same time, the continent is also witnessing fast-paced political, economic, and technological progress, which is profoundly changing its societies and institutions, and triggering a new prominence of African countries in the global arena. 

The relationship between the European Union and Africa is evolving accordingly, going beyond development, humanitarian and security concerns, to include a broader and diversified engagement on migration and mobility, education and skills development, strengthened resilience and governance, inclusive growth and job creation. The EU Global Strategy calls for a change in mindset and a change in policy, seeing the African Union and the EU as privileged and equal partners to shape a fairer, multilateral global order. This new approach will also shape the post-Cotonou agreement and EU support to the Agenda 2063.

The EUISS provides innovative research, analysis and advice to support Africa-related policy planning and implementation. The EUISS uses its convening power to facilitate knowledge sharing, brainstorming, consensus building, dialogues with stakeholders and local partners, to break new ground on matters affecting Africa-EU relations. The Institute looks at instability hotspots, such as the Sahel, the Lake Chad Basin and the Horn of Africa, assessing interventions and formulating recommendations on how to strengthen the implementation of the EU’s integrated approach. The EUISS also monitors political, economic, security trends in countries at risk of falling or relapsing into conflict, to make the case for prevention when EU action can be impactful. Finally, the EUISS studies the role of new geopolitical actors expanding their influence in Africa, and emerging threats, such as cyber risks triggered by the digital revolution.

African Futures 2030 Task Force

From November 2019 to December 2020, the EUISS ran an African Futures Task Force.

Its main objective was to explore trends affecting the future of Africa in the next ten years, emphasising challenges and opportunities for policymaking. The task force resulted in the publication of the Chaillot Paper "African Futures 2030: free trade, peace and prosperity" on 9 March 2021.

More information on the Task Force







  • 25May 2022

    On 25 May, the EUISS and the French Presidency of the EU, with the support of the European External Action Service, organised a roundtable on “Countering Information Manipulation in CSDP”.

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    23May 2022

    The Institute participated to the 2022 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development. Together with the United State Institute for Peace, and the Peace in our Cities network, we organised a roundtable on urbanisation, fragility, violence and climate change.

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    12May 2022

    On 12 May, the EUISS and the Africa Working Party of the Council of the EU (COAFR) held their seventeenth meeting to discuss the new geopolitical frontlines in Africa.

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    12May 2022

    On 12 May 2022, the Institute held its first Twitter Space, discussing geopolitical frontlines in Africa, a topic covered in our African Spaces Chaillot Paper.

    Africa’s geopolitical dynamics are being shaped by global powers increasingly scrambling to project influence in the continent. Participants discussed key areas in which such competition takes place and explored the geographical and functional spaces that are transforming African geopolitics, from oceans and cities to the information space. 

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    23March 2022

    On 23 March, the EUISS and the European Council’s Working Party on Africa (COAFR) held their sixteenth meeting to discuss the rise of hybrid threats in sub-Saharan Africa, and how these are manifested in the macro-region and beyond.

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    17March 2022

    A meeting to present the findings of a co-authored Brief on hybrid threats in Africa. 

  • 10February 2022

    On 10 February 2022, Giovanni Faleg participated to the high-level pre-summit meeting organised by the European Parliament ahead of the African Union-European Union summit.

  • 30January 2022

    On 30 January, Giovanni Faleg attended La Fabrique Défense at La Villette in Paris and participated in a public debate organised by Observatoire Proche Europe.

  • 25January 2022

    On January 25, the EUISS and the European Council’s Working Party on Africa (COAFR) held their fifteenth meeting to discuss democratic transitions, citizen engagement and peaceful mobilisation in Africa.

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    07December 2021

    Yana Popkostova attended the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa, where she moderated a workshop on the impact of demography and climate change in the continent.