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Security Complex Europe-Africa

Security Complex Europe-Africa

Due to its increasing geopolitical importance and in connection with the growing strategic uncertainties, Africa will increasingly become the focus of world politics in the coming years. Droughts, floods, desertification and other effects of climate change will lead to existential insecurities, social tensions and mass migration. Climatic hazards influence the outbreak of conflicts, the strengthening of armed extremist groups and are going to have implications for the global food security. The Corona pandemic has once again drastically exacerbated the tense situation in Africa.

In the coming years, German and European foreign and security policy will be called upon to find answers to the questions associated with the developments on the African continent to an even greater extent than before. For the European Union, this is mainly a matter of meeting the challenges related to poverty, hunger and security as well as climate and environmental issues in cooperation with African partners. This can only succeed if the principle of "African Ownership" is further strengthened and regional security architectures such as the initiative on "Sustainability, Stability and Security in Africa" and the "Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development" are expanded.

Within the framework of the interdisciplinary research focus "Security Complex Europe-Africa", traditional and non-traditional security challenges are identified and analysed in terms of their operational consequences for the European Union and German foreign and security policy. With the involvement of national and international partner institutions, different perspectives on the problem constellations will be identified in order to subsequently work on selected aspects of common security challenges. Among other things, a strategic map of the issues relevant to the European Union and German foreign policy will be created against the background of Africa's development. The aim is also to establish a research network that will benefit a sustainable transfer of knowledge between Africa and Europe.

Research projects

Understanding the Nexus between Security and Climate Change

More information forthcoming.

A Comparative Analysis of the Initiative for Sustainability, Stability and Security in Africa (3S Initiative) 

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Africa as a strategic issue of European security

In cooperation with the GCMC Garmisch-Partenkirchen

More information forthcoming.



Participating Researchers

Dr. Maria Ayuk

Bonn SDG Fellow

Limpho Moteuli Ndleleni

Argelander Scholarship Holder

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