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


U.S. Hostage Policy: Will Recent Changes Help?

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Jul 31, 2015
On the day that President Obama announced changes to U.S. hostage policy, a former captive of Somali pirates, journalist Michael Scott Moore, provided personal insight into the ordeal and America’s approach to dealing with ransom demands. more

Teleconference: Obama in Africa

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July 29, 2015 // 11:00am12:00pm
In this podcast, analysts and observers on the ground assess the impact of President Obama's visit and the next steps for East Africa. more

Dissolving the Export-Import Bank will Hurt US-Africa Relations

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Jul 27, 2015
"If not reversed, the Ex-Im Bank’s expiration will hurt U.S. economic relations with Africa, and undermine U.S. credibility in Africa, in three major ways," writes Monde Muyangwa. more

The Role of IGAD: A Regional Approach to the Crisis in South Sudan

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August 04, 2015 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Join the Wilson Center Africa Program on August 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. for a discussion on the regional implications and issues associated with the South Sudan conflict. more

President Obama’s Trip to Africa

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Jul 21, 2015
"This is a great trip for the President and for Africa because economic development, trade and investment have been a cornerstone for US-Africa engagement under the Obama Administration," says Monde Muyangwa. more

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