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
Missed the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) Virtual Annual Conference, “The Political Economy of Democracy and Peacebuilding in Africa in the COVID-19 Era?" Watch the sessions here.
#YALI4Ag: Youth Innovating for Resilient Agriculture an International Youth Day Event
The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Africa Program, hosted the all-virtual #YALI4Ag: Youth Innovating for Resilient Agriculture Livestream event on August 12, 2021, from 08:30 AM to 12:30 PM (U.S. EDT).
A New Dawn for Zambia – But Will it Last?
Zambians woke up to a new dawn on Monday, August 16, 2021 - the election of business mogul-turned-politician Hakainde Hichilema as the seventh president of the Republic of Zambia. Will Hichilema deliver on the hopes of 18 million Zambians bruised over the past 10 years by false and broken promises?
Lessons for President Hichilema – Can He Learn from Lungu’s Mistakes?
As President Hakainde Hichilema begins his leadership of Zambia, what lessons can be learnt on why Lungu before him failed and what this example offers Hichilema and other African leaders.
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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, 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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