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Zooming in on Africa’s major external actors

Over the past decade, major external actors have developed policy initiatives to advance their security, geopolitical and economic interests in Africa. Analysis of the security activities of seven major actors in Africa, shows an increasing use of multilateral approaches, support for the ‘Africanization’ of African security, and the privatization of external security support.

These are the main findings of a new SIPRI monograph edited by Olawale Ismail and Elisabeth Sköns. The book is the first attempt to make a comprehensive mapping of seven major external actors’ security activities in sub-Saharan Africa. Security Activities of External Actors in Africa aims to fill some of the gaps in our knowledge and understanding of the activities of external actors in Africa. The book provides data and analysis of the official security-related activities of seven major external actors in sub-Saharan Africa, including five states, China, France, Russia, the UK and the USA and two organizations, the EU and the UN. It also identifies the security policies and strategies within which these activities have been developed. The study was supported by the Open Society Foundation. It provides data and analysis of the official security-related activities of seven actors. It also identifies the security policies and strategies within which these activities have been developed. One of the main objectives of the book is to serve as a resource for civil society groups in Africa, which are increasingly engaging in security-related issues in their respective countries.

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