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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President-elect Biden and Africa: Perspectives from the Next Generation
Africa Program staff share their perspectives on what the incoming Biden administration could mean for Africa.
Watch the full book launch of "The State of Peacebuilding in Africa: Lessons Learned for Policymakers and Practitioners"
The Wilson Center Africa Program hosted a book launch for "The State of Peacebuilding in Africa: Lessons Learned for Policymakers and Practitioners," the event featured six book contributors, Dr. Paul D. Williams, Dr. Fritz Nganje, Dr. Chukwuemeka B. Eze, Ms. Lisa Sharland, Dr. Franklin Oduro, and Dr. Phil Clark. The speakers discussed the book's findings and provided recommendations for achieving a more sustainable peace in Africa.
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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 Year Anniversary
To celebrate and commemorate YALI’s ten-year anniversary, the U.S. Department of State in partnership the Wilson Center Africa Program will host a Virtual Summit and Livestream Event in 2021. Check this page for more details.
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
Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University
Assistant Professor of Global Communication, Georgia State University
James A. Schear
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense
Aili Mari Tripp
Wangari Maathai Professor of Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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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