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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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Representative John Lewis

Wilson Center Mourns Passing of Congressman John Lewis

The Wilson Center community mourns the loss of civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis. Congressman Lewis served the people of his District in Georgia for over 33 years and lived a life on the front lines of the civil rights movement, including enduring a brutal beating by police during the landmark 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama. He was a fearless advocate with an unwavering commitment to human rights and equality and throughout his life preached and practiced nonviolence.

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Program Staff, Scholars, and Fellows

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Monde Muyangwa

Africa Program Director
Hannah Beckett Akuiyibo

Hannah Akuiyibo

Program Associate
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Shahrazad Hired

Program Assistant (Communications)
Gamuchirai Mhute

Gamuchirai Mhute

Program Assistant (Director's Office)
Ian Gorecki

Ian Gorecki

Program Assistant
Mustafa Abubakr

Mustafa Abubakr

Staff Intern
Rigobert

Rigobert Minani Bihuzo

Former Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar;
Research Director, Centre d’Etudes pour l’Action Sociale (CEPAS), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Richmond

Richmond Commodore

Former Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar;
Policy Analyst, African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), Ghana
Osei

Osei Baffour Frimpong

Former Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar;
Regional Lead Researcher and Conflict Analyst, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Ghana
Messay

Messay Asgedom Gobena

Former Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar;
Ph.D. Candidate in Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Ethiopia
Michael Morrow

Michael Morrow

Senior Diplomatic Fellow;
Senior Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Terence McNamee

Terence McNamee

Global Fellow;
Independent
Adesoji Adelaja

Adesoji Adelaja

Global Fellow;
John A Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy, Michigan State University
Olufemi Vaughan

Olufemi Vaughan

Public Policy Fellow;
Alfred Sargent Lee and Mary Ames Lee Professor of Black Studies at Amherst College
Ambassador Alan Goulty

Ambassador Alan Goulty

Global Fellow and Co-Chair, Wilson Center’s Sudan Working Group;
Former British Ambassador to Sudan and Tunisia
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James A. Schear

Global Fellow;
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense
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Monde Muyangwa

Africa Program Director

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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Read more about "Sustaining Peacebuilding Efforts in Africa Amid COVID-19" by @IamMeeshun here: t.co/jlcpLx1znl