Specialization course: Geopolitics of Sub-Saharan Africa – Political Transitions in Africa



We are excited to extend an invitation to you for the 6th edition of our Specialization Course on the Geopolitics of Sub-Saharan Africa – Political Transitions, scheduled to take place online from the 17th to the 21st of June 2024.

This comprehensive course offers a dive into the Political Transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa with a diversity of perspectives from across the globe. Here's the sessions lined up:


17th of June 2024


Turkey in Africa: A New Emerging Power? - Prof. Dr. Elem Eyrice Tepeciklioğlu - Social Sciences University of Ankara, Turkey


China and the Belt and Road Initiative in Africa - Dr. Yichao Li - China Institute of African Studies, China


18th of June 2024


Political Transition in Africa: A view from the Horn of Africa - Dr. Yonas Ashine Demisse - College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia


Is Liberal Democracy Failing in Africa or Is Africa Failing under Liberal Democracy? - Prof. Efem N. Ubi - Acting Director of Research and Studies, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Nigeria


19th of June 2024


EU external action on peace and state-building in Somalia and Mali - Dr. Ana Carina S. Franco - Portuguese Institute of International Relations - IPRI NOVA, Portugal


Democratization in Africa: The development condition revisited - Prof. Manuel Couret Pereira Branco – University of Évora, Portugal


20th of June 2024


Continuities, Transformations, and Roots of Political Turbulence in Ethiopia, 1974-2024 - Prof. Jan Zahorik - Faculty of social sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic


Authoritarianism and the fight against extremist groups/terrorism in Africa  - Prof. Fernando Luz Brancoli - Institute of International Relations and Defense of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IRID - UFRJ), Brazil


21st of June 2024


Civilian crisis management in Africa - Ambassador José Costa Pereira – former Director of Pan African Affairs of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and current Portuguese Ambassador in South Africa, Portugal


Analysing (In) formal relations and networks in Security Force Assistance: The case of Niger - Prof. Nina Wilén - Lund University and the Director for the Africa Programme at Egmont Institute for International Relation, Sweden


This course is organized by esteemed institutions including the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Beira Interior (FCSH/UBI), OBSERVARE, Observatory of External Relations, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL), Centre of International Studies, Iscte – Lisbon University Institute (CEI-Iscte/IUL), and the Institute of National Defense (IDN), Ministry of Defense, Portugal.


The scientific committee comprises a diverse group of scholars from across the globe.


Application deadline: 7th of June 2024


Mode: Online (Zoom)


Web Page: https://www.ubi.pt/en/course/1370


ECTS: 6 awarded by FCSH/UBI (optional, upon the positive evaluation of an essay with 6000 words)


Tuition: 50 euros

Discount: 50% for students and staff of the institutions involved in the scientific committee and Portuguese public entities


Scholarships: 24 available

Value of the scholarships: 200 euros

Requirements to apply for the scholarships: Age over 18 years old at the beginning of the year of the course; Resident in the Portuguese territory; 80 % of assiduity; Approval in the evaluation of the course (6 ECTS with an essay); Submission of the application and all the documentation by the established date; Selected in rank order.


For further details and registration, please visit the provided web page. We look forward to your participation.