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As 2018 unfolds, it is critical to reflect on the key developments that occurred in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations over the past year. The Wilson Center Africa Program asked experts, scholars, and policymakers to weigh in on the most important and impactful developments of 2017 for the continent and their implications for U.S.-Africa relations. They responded with the brief and insightful essays in this volume.

We thank them for their contributions, which provide analysis on topics including the Trump Administration and Africa; Mugabe’s ouster in Zimbabwe; the role of agriculture in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations; the challenges and opportunities for youth and for elections in Africa, among other topics. 

We hope that you enjoy the volume! 

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Reverend Eugene Goussikindey

Director General, Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix

Grant Harris

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

Ambassador Nureldin Satti

Co-Chair, Wilson Center's Sudans Working Group;
Retired UN Senior Official; Former Ambassador of Sudan to the United States, France, Portugal, Switzerland and the Vatican

Dr. Mima Nedelcovych

President & CEO, Initiative for Global Development

Vivian Lowery Derryck

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

Mr. Steve McDonald

Alexander Thurston

Alexander Thurston

Former Fellow;
Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati
Mr. Francis A. Kornegay Jr.

Francis A. Kornegay Jr.

Former Public Policy Scholar;
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa

Alex Vines

Research Director and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Brigadier General Eugene J. LeBoeuf

Kamissa Camara

Founder, Sahel Strategy Forum and Former Foreign Minister of Mali    
Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan

Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan

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

Dr. Jacqueline Wilson

Dr. Marc Sommers

Marc Sommers

Former Fellow;
Independent Consultant

Sophia Moestrup

Deputy Director, Central and West Africa at the National Democratic Institute (NDI)
George Boateng

George Boateng

Former Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar;
Research Analyst, African Center for Economic Transformation

Dr. Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome

Rushdi Nackerdien

Regional Director for Africa, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Ms. Sharon Anyango Odhiambo

Sharon Anyango Odhiambo

Former Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar;
Communications and Outreach Officer, African Technology Policy Studies Network, Kenya

Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and US-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial US-Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, 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 US-Africa relations.    Read more