About the Africa Program

Consistent with its mission to promote dialogue on Africa policy and African issues between the scholarly and policy making communities, the Africa Program hosts public meetings, conferences, and forums featuring heads of states and other leaders from Africa, as well as American, European, and African experts.  The African focus is on current conflict zones, such as Sudan, the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Niger Delta of Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire and Kenya, and on overarching policy issues such as trade, governance, the development of the state capacity, information and communications technology, development, drug trafficking and regional economic integration.more



The Latest from the Africa Program


Southern Voices Network: Security and Stability Through Africa-US Relations

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Jun 24, 2015
The Southern Voices Network, a consortium of 15 research and policy organizations from across Africa, recently met at the Wilson Center to discuss a range of issues that included peace building and development. Five participants in the conference provide CONTEXT on what’s on the agenda between Africa and the U.S., and also share thoughts on how the United States can more effectively work with various African nations. more

Meeting with the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs of Ghana

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January 15, 2015 // 9:00am10:30am
On January 15, 2015, the Woodrow Wilson Center Africa Program hosted seven members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs of Ghana for a discussion on United States policymaking, current US policy towards Africa, and the role of the Wilson Center in policymaking and foreign relations. more

"Brand Africa"- Separating Myth From Reality

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July 07, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Join the Wilson Center Africa Program on July 7th at 3:00 p.m. to attempt to identify and unpack the core factors that define "Brand Africa," to separate the myths from the realities and, most importantly, to offer concrete solutions for re-branding Africa. more

Strengthening Africa's Security Governance: Are We Reaching Take-Off Velocity?

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Jun 23, 2015
Africa Program Global Fellow Dr. James A. Schear analyzes the Security Governance Initiative (SGI) which was announced at last year's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Schear discusses the aspects of the SGI which he foresees as being the most challenging to implement. more

Eradicating Boko Haram Sustainably: An Integrated Regional Approach

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June 24, 2015 // 2:00pm3:30pm
On June 24, 2015, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted Kah Walla, CEO of Strategies!, and Lauren Ploch Blanchard, specialist in African Affairs with the Congressional Research Service, for a discussion on strategies for sustainably combatting Boko Haram. The speakers focused on the need for a regional approach and an integrated strategy to fight Boko Haram militarily, while also addressing the underlying issues that have given rise to the organization. The event also included a discussion of what the U.S. and global community can do to support the affected countries in their fight against Boko Haram. more

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