This research group considers how regionalism and regionalization, including the pivotal role of nodal entities (individuals, groups and states) and processes, have evolved across time and how these dynamics have impacted on African statehood. It is guided by questions such as: to what extent are notions of regionalism and regions changing in Africa? To what extent are the changes signposting the evolution of the ‘regions’ and ‘regionalism’ of the future? And what are the implications for statehood in Africa? How are evolutions and changes in regionalism shaping or altering notions of nodality and nodal states and regions in Africa? And what peace, security, socio-economic and political outcomes are emerging from these evolutions and changes?