Since 2016, the Observatory of Central and Southern Africa within Ifri's African Studies Center provides regular analyses to identify local and regional trends regarding political and security issues in the area. 55 notes were written between 2016 and 2020.
The Observatory aims at assessing major political, economic and security trends in the area, analyzing their overall effects on the stability of the continent, and enabling a better understanding of the numerous rapidly evolving strategic issues in the region.
The countries covered by the Observatory are:
- For Central Africa: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe and Rwanda;
- For Southern Africa: Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, as well as Madagascar and Comoros.
Twelve analytical reports and two seminars per year constitute the core of the Observatory's activity, which focuses mainly on the following issues:
- Political systems and elections
- Conflicts and security
- Governance of natural resources
- Religious and societal dynamics
- International relations and partnerships
The Observatory coordinators collaborate with the General Directorate of International Relations and Strategy of the Ministry of the Armed Forces (DGRIS) to ensure a strategic monitoring of the area as well as to define research priorities for the reports and seminars.
Find all of the Observatory's work here.