This research group focuses on the interface between international political-economy contexts and the notions and realities of African statehood across times. It is underlined by the assumption that Africa and Africa states exist in a global context where the policies, actions or inactions, and practices of major political-economy actors shape the identities, character, functions and ideological orientations of statehood.
This group is guided by questions such as:
* How have changes in the international environment influenced notions of statehood in Africa over time?
* How are global economic, security and political events impinging on the African states and shaping development and security outcomes on the continent?