Developments in African politics and society, as well as changes in external actors’ engagements on the continent, have led to an increased need for knowledge about African security affairs. FOI Studies in African Security follows political-, military-, economic- and social developments in Africa with a focus on security policy and strategic trends.

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Studies in African security

FOI Studies in African Security is a long-standing partner to a wide range of actors in the public sector. It works with various sponsors, including the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish Armed Forces and international organizations such as the United Nations. The array of themes that the research programme works with includes internal conflicts, external actors’ interests and presence in the region, as well as the African peace- and security architecture.

Besides general monitoring and analysis of the security situation in Africa, FOI Studies in African Security conducts focused thematic analysis on issues such as:

  • Country and region analysis
  • Societal radicalisation, terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • African economies, natural resources and trade flows
  • Women, peace and security
  • Conflict prevention, Security Sector Reform (SSR), and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR)
  • Civil-military coordination in peacekeeping partnerships

Inquiries of particular relevance to Sweden and Europe are mainly in focus.


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FOI Studies in African Security is a research group with extensive expertise in security studies related to different parts of the African continent.

Anna Ida Rock, Project Manager, Analyst (focusing on the Horn of Africa)

Carina Gunnarson, Deputy Project Manager, Senior Scientist (focusing on French Africa policy, francophone Africa, organised crime)

Samuel Neuman Bergenwall Senior Analyst (focusing on Indian and Gulf state Africa policy)

Elin Hellquist Senior Analyst (focusing on military missions, the African Union)

Erika Holmquist Senior Scientist (focusing on Ethiopia)

Gabriella Körling Analyst (focusing on the Sahel)

Aron Lund Analyst (focusing on Northern Africa)

Olivier Milland Analytiker (specialiserad på icke-statliga väpnade grupper, Sahel och Västafrika, Moçambique samt den afrikanska freds- och säkerhetsarkitekturen, APSA).

Karolina Lindén Biträdande analytiker (specialiserad på Sudan samt Ryskt inflytande i Afrika).

Associated researchers:

Eva Hagström Frisell Deputy Research Director

Michael Jonsson Deputy Research Director

Lovisa Mickelsson Junior Analyst

Per-Erik Nilsson Scientist

Emma Sjökvist Analyst

Karl Sörenson Senior Scientist

Kajsa Tidblad-Lundholm Junior Analyst



Last updated: 2024-02-27