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Africa Research Group


Listen to interviews and recordings of past events.

24-25 January 2018

King's Engaged in Africa 2018: Security and Development

In 2018, we launched the first King's Engaged in Africa Conference with our friends at the African Leadership Centre. View the details of the conference here.

The opening and closing remarks, the keynote, and all the panels were recorded on Facebook Live, and you can rewatch via the following links:

• Reception –
• Panel 1: Emerging Security and Development Issues –
• Panel 2: Conflict, Security and Peacebuilding –
• Panel 3: Health and Development –
• Panel 4: Emerging Economies and Africa & Closing Remarks –

25 January 2016

Destabilising Defence: How Corruption Undermines Security Across Africa


  • Dylan Hendrickson, Senior Fellow, Conflict Security & Development Research Group, Department of War Studies, King’s College London.
  • Gladwell Otieno, Vice-Chairperson of the African Leadership Centre and former director of Transparency International-Kenya.
  • Gavin Raymond, Training and Capacity Building Lead, Transparency International.

Chair:    Dr Alex Vines OBE, Chatham House, Africa Programme Head.

Full event description and speaker profiles.

20 January 2016

Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War

Speaker: Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Associate Professor in Comparative Politics (African Politics) at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.

Chair: Dr Kieran Mitton, Africa Research Group.

Full event description and speaker profile.


24 November 2015
War, Exile & the First Arab Spring: Western Sahara 1975-2015

Speaker: Dr Pablo de Orellana, War Studies, KCL.

Chair: Dr Kieran Mitton, Africa Research Group.

Full event description and speaker profile

17 November 2015
Frustrated Youth and Failed Democracy: The Dynamics of Wellbeing, Aspirations and Politics in Egypt

ibrahimSpeaker: Dr Solava Ibrahim, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester

Chair: Emelie Poignant Khafagi, Africa Research Group.

What is the impact of the Arab Spring on Egyptian citizens? How did the uprisings affect people's aspirations and their relationship with the state?

Full event description and speaker profile


6 November 2015
Book Launch and Panel: Evaluating Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone

A joint event with the War Crimes Research Group.


-          Dr Kirsten Ainley (Senior Lecturer, LSE, International Relations and author of ‘Evaluating Transitional Justice’)

-          Mr Wayne Jordash QC (Doughty Street Chambers and former member of the Defence Team at the Special Court for Sierra Leone)

-          Ms Laura Martin (PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh, African Studies)

-          Dr Kieran Mitton (Lecturer, KCL, War Studies, Co-chair of the Africa Research Group)

-          Dr Rebekka Friedman (Lecturer, KCL, War Studies, Co-Convener of the War Crimes Research Group and author of ‘Evaluating Transitional Justice’)

Full event details.


18 February 2015

War and peace in the Central African Republic: Understanding the actors driving the conflict.

Speakers: Sarah Covington,  IHS Country Risk – Africa and Albert Caramés Boada.

Chair: Dr Kieran Mitton, Africa Research Group.


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