Africa Studies Group

Study groups at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) help to promote and exchange major research and educational relationships with counterpart institutions around the world. The Africa Studies Group (ASG) consists of NWC community members with an interest in African affairs.

About this Study Group

The Africa Studies Group (ASG) comprises faculty and students with an interest in African affairs. The group strives to increase awareness and enhance teaching of regional issues by supporting faculty professional development, sponsoring guest speakers, disseminating information about local events relating to Africa, and circulating electronic articles of interest to members.

The ASG also provides subject matter expertise and research support to the Navy, Combatant and Component Commanders and other DoD agencies. It also actively supports the college’s and United States Africa Command regional engagement and security cooperation activities in theater. The primary day-to-day mission of the ASG is the development and execution of an elective program focusing on African culture and history, military history and contemporary security and politics.

Additionally, Rhode Island has deep connections to Africa, from colonial times as a node in the triangular trade to a home for immigrants and refugees today, making Newport an ideal place to be engaged in African studies. Rhode Island and southeastern New England have vibrant African communities hailing from places including the Cape Verde Islands, Azores, Somalia, and Nigeria.

Please Note: The College of Distance Education offers online versions of these courses accessible to officers of all services on a global basis.

Signing Up

Only NWC community members can elect to join several groups with the approval of the individual program director. Please note, this group is not open to the general public.

To request more information or to sign up for the Africa Studies Group, please email Dr. Singh at