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Geopolitics of Sub-Saharan Africa Course

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The Course on Geopolitics of Sub-Saharan Africa uses a key tool of analysis in Geopolitics - space as a theatre of operations - to understand contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, with a specific focus on African Portuguese Speaking countries and regional security structures. With a multidisciplinary approach, the course covers the fundamental issues of geopolitical activity in the region, presented by experts on the topics. The organization falls to three research institutions: the National Defence Institute (IDN), the Center for International Studies, ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (CEI-ISCTE) and the OBSERVARE, Autónoma University of Lisbon (UAL).​

  • ​Identify key geopolitical issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Reflect on crucial dimensions of geopolitical action, namely those related to domestic and international politics, the environment, issues of war and peace and multilateral security organizations.

  • Highlight relevant cases of Portuguese-speaking African Countries.​


  • Climate change and communal conflict in Nigeria

  • Topics in political economy in Sub-Saharan Africa: evidence from field experiences

  • Amílcar Cabral and the Struggle for the Independence of Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau

  • Conflict management and prevention. ECOWAS Experiences as a Regional Actor

  • The relationship between development and security: the case of Guinea-Bissau

  • Conflict prevention – the case of Guinea-Bissau

  • Authoritarian regimes in Africa: resources and international links

  • Portugal – Africa Relations

  • Terrorism and militarization in the Sahel

  • Capital accumulation systems in Africa​


  • Students from the various cycles of Higher Education, namely in International Relations, Political Science, History, Sociology, Geography, Economics, Communication and African Studies.

  • Diplomatic Corps and Senior Embassy Officers;

  • Journalists and scholars on the subject;

  • Elements of the Armed Forces and Security Forces and Services;

  • The staff of Public Administration, namely the Ministry of Business

  • Foreigners from the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Internal Administration and the Ministry of Economy;

  • Senior staff and technicians from City Councils and Companies oriented toward internationalization.​