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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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.
Economic Sanctions are not an Effective Instrument for Political Pressure
In this paper, Dr. Jok Madut Jok provides an overview of the application of sanctions and addresses key challenges associated with them, using South Sudan as a case study. Dr. Jok further analyzes the implications of targeted sanctions. He provides recommendations for how international policymakers, such as the United States and European Union, could better support state institutions by helping build sustainable peace, stability, and goodwill among citizens, in place of sanctions.
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.
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Ambassador Alan Goulty
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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