The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.
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SVNP Annual Conference | The Political Economy of Democracy and Peacebuilding in Africa in the COVID-19 Era
The Wilson Center Africa Program will host the 2021 Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) Virtual Annual Conference, “The Political Economy of Democracy and Peacebuilding in Africa in the COVID-19 Era,” from July 19-23, 2021.Register Here
The Wilson Center Mourns the Passing of Francis A. Kornegay Jr.
The Wilson Center is saddened to announce the passing of Mr. Francis A. Kornegay Jr., who was laid to rest on Friday, June 18, 2021. As a renowned academic, colleague, mentor, and friend, he will be deeply missed by the Wilson Center and the broader academic community.
Reflecting on Nelson Mandela’s Historic Presidential Election, May 10, 1994
Olufemi Vaughan, provides a non-South African perspective, contextualizing South Africa’s colonial and apartheid history, Mandela’s leadership, and his legacy. Vaughan underscores Mandela’s remarkable leadership and accomplishments as he navigated the tough challenges that faced South Africa in 1994.
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The Brown Capital Management Africa Forum
Launched in September 2015, the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum provides a premier platform for substantive and solution-oriented dialogue on key trade, investment, and development issues in Africa, and in U.S.-Africa relations.
The Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding
The Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) is a consortium of research and policy organizations from across Africa. The network seeks to foster dialogue and increase the visibility of African perspectives within the U.S. policy arena.
Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) 10 Summit
To celebrate and commemorate YALI’s ten-year anniversary, the U.S. Department of State in partnership with the Wilson Center Africa Program will host the YALI 10 Summit in May 2021 and Livestream Event in August 2021.
Sudans Working Group
Through high-level working groups, the Africa Program provides a platform for in-depth, candid discussions and offers real-time options and actionable ideas for addressing pressing issues confronting Africa and U.S.-Africa relations.
Program Staff, Interns, Scholars, and Fellows
John A Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Ambassador Alan Goulty
Former British Ambassador to Sudan and Tunisia
James A. Schear
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense
Alfred Sargent Lee and Mary Ames Lee Professor of Black Studies, Amherst College
For too long, U.S.-Africa relations were defined by Cold War calculations, humanitarian crises, and conflict and insecurity, while economic and development matters were largely on the periphery of U.S. engagement with the continent. Since 2014, there has been an effort to re-position U.S.-Africa relations by bringing business and economic relations squarely into the center of U.S.-Africa relations.
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