Africa News


African Security Issues: An Update on Current Challenges and Future Threats

Aug 14, 2015
James Schear, a Global Fellow with the Wilson Center's Africa Program and Environmental Change and Security Program, is a former Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense with an expertise in the many security challenges facing the African continent. From Boko Haram to ongoing conflict in South Sudan, there is no shortage of issues. We spoke to Schear about a host of topics and also about the potential represented by the Security Governance Initiative agreed to by the U.S. and six African nations. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

South Sudan: Can Regional Mediation End the Conflict?

Aug 05, 2015
Getachew Gebrekidan has been studying the mediation role of the regional organization, IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) in its attempts to assist in bringing an end to the conflict in South Sudan. He shares his findings and thoughts on the sources of the conflict and what it will take to achieve peace. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Bending the Arc

Aug 03, 2015
"The ICC must look to the ICTY as a blueprint, gathering concrete and consistent support from international actors who can effectively pressure parties on the ground to cooperate," writes Jacqueline McAllister.

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

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.

President Obama’s Trip to Africa

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.

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

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.

2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research Recap

Jun 08, 2015
From May 26 through May 29, 2015, the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program convened the 2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR). Organized in cooperation with The George Washington University, SICAR provided training to 25 up-and-coming historians, political scientists, and international relations specialists in the theory and practice of archival research.

Strengthening Africa's Security Governance

Jun 05, 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.
The participants in the 2015 Southern Voices Network Conference with Africa Program staff at the Wilson Center

2015 Southern Voices Network Conference, Washington D.C.

Jun 04, 2015
The last week of May the Africa program hosted this year's annual Southern Voices Network Conference. Representatives of many different members of the Southern Voices Network gathered for four days at the Wilson Center to engage in discussion on contemporary issues in Africa as well as the work of each of their respective organizations.

Assessing the Effectiveness of U.S. Sanctions

Apr 28, 2015
In this NOW interview, William Pomeranz and Meg Lundsager discuss the impact, effectiveness, and consequences of U.S. sanctions past and present.