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Conflicts, Statehood, and Violent Actors

The number of conflicts in Africa is on the rise, as are their victims. On the one hand, this thematic area is concerned with new political orders that emerge as armed non-state actors proliferate. On the other hand, we look at the transformation of conflicts and warfare themselves, driven by megatrends such as technological innovation and the multipolarisation of the regional order. Our regional focus in this thematic area lies on the Sahel and northern Africa.