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2016 was an eventful year for Africa and for the world, with important implications for U.S.-Africa relations. From continuing democratic consolidation and deepening trade ties in many countries to the shocking electoral defeat and standoff in the Gambia, to South Sudan’s escalating crisis, to the debates over the future of the ICC in Africa, the year was marked by progress, setbacks, and change.

The Wilson Center Africa Program asked experts, scholars, and policymakers to weigh in on the most important and impactful events on the continent in 2016. They responded with this collection of brief and insightful essays touching on issues of governance and democracy, conflict and security, trade, and the role of international partnerships across the African continent.

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Kamissa Camara

Founder, Sahel Strategy Forum and Former Foreign Minister of Mali    
Arsène Brice Bado

Arsène Brice Bado

Southern Voices Network Scholar;
Associate researcher, CERAP

Nanjala Nyabola

Programme Coordinator, Democracy and International Dialogue, Heinrich Boell Foundation (East Africa)
Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald

Former Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Sophia Moestrup

Deputy Director, Central and West Africa at the National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Alexander Thurston

Alexander Thurston

Former Fellow;
Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati
Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan

Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan

Former Southern Voices Network Scholar;
Lecturer, Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University

Dr. Raymond Gilpin

Academic Dean at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Ann L. Phillips

Former Public Policy Scholar;
Former Professor of International Security Studies Director, Program in Security, Stability, Transition and Reconstruction, George C. Marshall Center, Germany

Dr. Mima Nedelcovych

President & CEO, Initiative for Global Development

Nii Akuetteh

Former Executive Director, African Immigrants Caucus, and Former Lecturer, George Washington University

Vivian Lowery Derryck

President and CEO of the Bridges Institute, Former Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID

Ambassador Nureldin Satti

Global Fellow, and Co-Chair, Wilson Center's Sudan Working Group;
Member of the Administrative Council, International Fund for Promotion of Culture, UNESCO Co-Chair, Wilson Center's Sudans Working Group

Mr. Anton du Plessis

Executive Director, Institute for Security Studies

Ms. Ottilia Anna Maunganidze

Programme Head & Senior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies

Olusegun Sotola

Senior Researcher, Initiative for Public Policy Analysis

Mr. Winslow Robertson

Managing Member, Cowries and Rice

Grant Harris

CEO, Harris Africa Partners LLC and former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, White House

Major General Joseph P. Harrington

Commander, U.S. Army Africa
Helen Kezie-Nwoah

Helen Kezie-Nwoha

Executive Director, Women's International Peace Centre (Uganda)

Father Emmanuel Bueya

Professor, Loyola University of Congo and Member, Centre d’Etudes Pour l’Action Sociale (CEPAS)

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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.    Read more