Africa and the ‘great game’ of geopolitical influence


Africa’s economic growth and expanding political influence have attracted external partners interested in renewing and building relations with the continent. These include traditional allies such as the European Union, China and Russia and emerging ones from Asia and the Middle East.

Experts will discuss how Africa engages with the world in a context of global geopolitical divides and competing interests. Ahead of the Africa-France Summit from 8–10 July in Montpellier, this expert dialogue will also reflect on the role that France plays in the continent.

This event is co-hosted by the ISS and the French Embassy in South Africa.

Dialogue facilitator: Fonteh Akum, Executive Director, ISS

Zoom chat facilitator: Gustavo de Carvalho, Senior Researcher, ISS


Mohamed Diatta, Researcher, ISS Addis Ababa

Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive, South African Institute of International Affairs

Philani Mthembu, Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue (TBC)

Rebone Tau, Political analyst and author

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