Top five countries competing for power in Africa


As Africa aspires to take responsibility for its development, peace and security, the question of regional leadership is key. This seminar will discuss the historical distribution of power in Africa and how it is likely to change over the next 25 years.

In an increasingly multipolar world, parts of Africa will become more prosperous. But will that change Africa’s relative influence globally? And which countries have the greatest ‘power potential’?

New research by the ISS explores Africa in the global power context and the future capabilities of the continent’s Big Five: Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa. The full results are published in the latest paper in the African Futures series, which will be launched at the seminar. Copies of the paper will be available for distribution.

Chair: Fr Peter-John Pearson, Director, Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office

Speaker: Dr Julia Schünemann, Senior Researcher and Project Leader, ISS

Respondent: Dr Mills Soko, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town

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