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GIGA Speaker Series on African Affairs




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  • The GIGA Speaker Series on African Affairs aims at painting a nuanced picture of sub-Saharan Africa by discussing political and socio-economic developments on a regular basis. We provide a platform for excellent African researchers to increase the visibility of African perspectives on current affairs in Germany. Moreover, with our series, we aim to further strengthen collaborations with African partners. The series takes place around four times a year and is available to the public. Information on upcoming and past seminars is posted below. 

    Organisers:   Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau is Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs  Dr. Lisa Hoffmann is a Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for African Affairs  Julia Köbrich is a Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for African Affairs

    Vergangene Veranstaltungen

    "Africa’s Long-Term Development Potential in Different Global Futures"

    Tuesday, 1 November 2022 | 10:00‒11:00 a.m. (CET – Hamburg time) | Online

    On the current trajectory, the gap between Africa and the rest of the world is likely to stagnate or increase ranging from measures of life-expectancy to average income. Four recent shocks, including the current war in Ukraine, have accelerated this trend. The African Future’s & Innovation (AFI) program at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has modelled Africa’s long-term development potential across various sectors. This seminar will present a new report which examines the ‘development ceiling’ that the global context places on Africa in four global scenarios. Dr Jakkie Cilliers will present using the African Futures website available at

    Hosted by GIGA Institute for African Affairs in cooperation with the GIGA Research Programme "Peace and Security". Speaker: Dr. Jakkie Cilliers is the founder of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), a regional think- and do-tank with offices in Dakar, Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Pretoria. After stepping down as executive director in 2015 he now serves as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute and head of the African Futures and Innovation programme at the Pretoria office of the ISS. He is an Extraordinary Professor in the Centre of Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences, Faculty Humanities at the University of Pretoria and a well-known author and analyst. His interests relate to big picture analysis and issues around the long-term future of South Africa and Africa – much of it available at

    Moderation: Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau is Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs.

    “Russia Resurgent? Untangling the Role and Meaning of Moscow’s Presence in West Africa and the Sahel”

    Monday, 20 June 2022 | 2:00‒3:00 p.m. (CET – Hamburg time) | Online

    Growing international concern about Russia’s military and political resurgence in Africa has been rekindled by its invasion of Ukraine since February 2022. Russia’s growing influence in Africa through the re-establishment of old ties and the creation of new ones has been perceived as a quest to re-establish the geopolitical gains that the Soviet Union achieved prior to its collapse in 1989. Increasing demand for Russian weaponry and equipment, support for unpopular, illegitimate, or unconstitutionally elected leaders, and the targeting and interest in mining concessions and natural resources are considered by the West as a threat to democratic gains and stability on an already fragile continent.  

    Several questions arise as a result of the deepfake propaganda around occurrences on the continent: How has Russia’s resurgence manifested in Africa? What instruments does Russia utilise to exert its influence there? What are the potential opportunities and threats coming with a Russian presence in West Africa and the Sahel? And, how will other global actors be affected? I seek to examine a particular aspect of Russia’s resurgence on the African continent: namely, the presence of Russian proxies in West Africa and the Sahel. Investigated are the multiple dynamics created by their presence, the potential threats that their proliferation and activities generate in an already fragile subregion, and how such activities, if unconstrained, can impose other potential dangers on the continent as well as the global stage at large.

    Hosted by GIGA Institute for African Affairs in cooperation with the GIGA Research Programme "Peace and Security". Speaker: Prof. Kwesi Aning is Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana, and Clinical Professor of Peacekeeping Practice at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta. Moderation: Dr. Christian von Soest is Lead Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for African Affairs and Head of the GIGA Research Programme “Peace and Security.”


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    Das GIGA Institut für Afrika-Studien analysiert politische und sozio-ökonomische Entwicklungen in Subsahara-Afrika. Politische Institutionen, gewaltsame Konflikte und sozioökonomische Herausforderungen bilden den thematischen Kern. Ziel der Forschung ist es, ein differenziertes Bild von Subsahara-Afrika zu zeichnen.


    In seinen Veranstaltungsreihen präsentiert das GIGA regelmäßig Forschungsergebnisse und diskutiert sowohl über globale Entwicklungen als auch Entwicklungen in den Regionen Afrika, Asien, Lateinamerika und Nahost.

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