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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Former Longtime Co-Chair of the Wilson Center’s Sudans Working Group, Nureldin Satti, Appointed Sudan's Ambassador to the U.S.
The Wilson Center congratulates Ambassador Nureldin Satti for his appointment as Sudan's Ambassador to the United States, the first ambassador in over 20 years. Ambassador Satti is a former Wilson Center Global Fellow and Co-Chair of the Sudans Working Group.
The Impact of COVID-19 in South Africa
In this paper, Dr. Emmanuel Sekyere, Prof. Narnia Bohler-Muller, Prof. Charles Hongoro, and Dr. Mokhantso Makoae examine COVID-19’s implications and impacts on South African society in the social, economic, health, environmental, and technological realms.
Targeted Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Measures in Support of Peace in South Sudan
The Africa Program thanks Dr. Jok Madut Jok (Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University and former director of the Sudd Institute) and Mr. John Prendergast, Ms. Hilary Mossberg, and Ms. Megha Swamy (The Sentry) for a much-needed advancement of the discussion on the effectiveness of sanctions.
Economic Sanctions are not an Effective Instrument for Political Pressure
The Africa Program thanks Dr. Jok Madut Jok (Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University and the former director of the Sudd Institute) and Mr. John Prendergast, Ms. Hilary Mossberg, and Ms. Megha Swamy (from The Sentry) for a much-needed advancement of the discussion on the effectiveness of sanctions.
Sudans Working Group—One Year After Bashir: Ground Truth Briefing on Sudan
On April 15, 2020, the Wilson Center Africa Program and its Sudans Working Group (SWG), in partnership with the Wilson Center Middle East Program, held a private Ground Truth Briefing on “One Year After Bashir: Ground Truth Briefing on Sudan.”
WEBCAST | COVID-19 and Africa: On-the-Ground Perspectives from Five African Countries
On April 9, 2020, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted the event "COVID-19 and Africa: On-the-Ground Perspectives from Five African Countries."
Combating Violent Extremism in West Africa
In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar Osei Baffour Frimpong. He discusses his Wilson Center project "Violent Extremism in West Africa: Are Current Responses Enough?"
The Role of the Diaspora in Meeting Africa’s Development Needs
In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar Richmond Commodore. He discusses his Wilson Center project Beyond Remittances: Engaging the Diaspora to Meet Africa’s Development Financing Needs.
Countering Transnational Organized Crime in East Africa
In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar Messay Asgedom Gobena who discusses his project Countering Transnational Organized Crime as a Strategy for Peacebuilding in East Africa.
Peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar Rigobert Minani Bihuzo who discusses his project “Peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Revisiting the Tool Kit.”
The Trump Administration and U.S. Africa Policy: What has been accomplished and what lies ahead?
A conversation with Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Tibor Nagy on "The Trump Administration and U.S. Africa Policy: What has been accomplished and what lies ahead?"
Progress & Retrogression on Electoral Processes and Transitions in West Africa: Peace and Security Concerns and Consequences
The Wilson Center Africa Program and the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) co-hosted a Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) Regional Policy Workshop on “Progress & Retrogression on Electoral Processes and Transitions in West Africa: Peace and Security Concerns and Consequences.”
Briefing on the Situation in Libya with Mr. Anas El Gomati
Mr. Anas El Gomati discusses the resurgence of violence in Libya, catalyzed by Haftar’s offensive against Tripoli, and its implications on both the local population and on the international stage.
The Role of Agricultural Extension in Peacebuilding in the Central African Republic
In this paired paper and policy brief, Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar, Paterne Mombe, discusses the impact CAR’s conflict has had on agriculture and food security and examines the role of agricultural extension services in peacebuilding in post-conflict countries, with a focus on the Central African Republic (CAR).
Chinese Migrants Versus Ordinary Zambians: Causes of Tension and Possible Peace Pathways
In this paired paper and policy brief, Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar, Emmanuel Matambo, explores Zambia-China relations at the subnational level, focusing on the historical relation between Zambia and China. He highlights the evolution, current state, and emerging tensions in Zambia-China relations at the citizen level.
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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.
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, Scholars, and Fellows
Rigobert Minani Bihuzo
Research Director, Centre d’Etudes pour l’Action Sociale (CEPAS), Democratic Republic of Congo.
Policy Analyst, African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), Ghana.
Osei Baffour Frimpong
Regional Lead Researcher and Conflict Analyst, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Ghana
Messay Asgedom Gobena
Ph.D. Candidate in Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Ethiopia
Senior Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
John A Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy, Michigan State University
Alfred Sargent Lee and Mary Ames Lee Professor of Black Studies at Amherst College
Ambassador Alan Goulty
Former British Ambassador to Sudan and Tunisia
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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