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2013 Elections Guide

The 2013 Elections Guide is a new initiative launched by the Wilson Center’s Africa Program with the aim of keeping you informed of all national elections taking place in Africa. Through research, analysis, and election data, the Elections Guide is a resource for anyone interested and presents key information in a comprehensive and objective way.

Conference Report: African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation

On May 1, 2013, the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity (Leadership Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) sought to highlight some of the exciting developments by women and youth in Africa utilizing technology and social innovations to tackle every day issues.

Battleground Africa: Cold War in the Congo, 1960–1965

Battleground Africa traces the Congo Crisis from post–World War II decolonization efforts through Mobutu’s second coup in 1965 from a radically new vantage point. Drawing on materials from recently opened archives in Russia and the United States, and to a lesser extent Germany and Belgium, Namikas addresses the crisis from the perspectives of the two superpowers and explains with superb clarity the complex web of allies, clients, and neutral states influencing U.S.-Soviet competition.

Analysis: Obama in Africa

The zeitgeist of this Obama Trip was a logical next step for activities begun towards the close of 2012. Like Obama emphasized, Africa is open for business, and the U.S. - Africa relationship benefits both partners. Here, the African countries themselves must do more to make their countries attractive to the U.S. private sector through branding and other media activities.

Going Beyond AGOA: Ideas for a Trans-Atlantic Partnership with Africa

This is an ambitious but realistic & practical way to enhance AGOA by not just ensuring prompt and seamless renewal of U.S. market access provisions for African imports, but also promoting a level playing field for U.S. investment in Africa and encouraging American participation in sub Saharan Africa’s regional infrastructural development.

A Briefing by The Honorable Raila A. Odinga: African Achievements and Challenges: Learning from the Past but Looking Forward

I dream of continent that will long have consigned poverty to history. It will have a youthful, skilled and healthy population, and will serve as a granary, factory floor and supplier to the world. It will be a continent that has made the 21st century its own, and whose key development indicators match global standards. The Honorable Raila Odinga

Fifty Years of the African Union

Women as Agents of Change: Traditional Practices and Community-Based Social Change in Ethiopia

“If there is one thing to take away from this, it’s that women must gain their personhood.” Bogaletch Gebre

Catalyzing Change

“[Gebre’s] remarkable model, based on community trust and dialogue, is one from which we can draw many lessons,” said Sharon Weiner, Acting Ambassador at Large, Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. Gebre, winner of the 2013 King Baudouin African Development Prize, has been recognized for her efforts in stopping female genital 

The Trans - Atlantic South Partnership: Positions on Building a Mutually Beneficial Partnership with Africa

The U.S. has a major challenge on its hands: If the country does not come up with a well coordinated and timely strategy to ride Africa’s economic wave, not only will entities like China and the European Union continue to chip away at America’s strategic interests, the private sector will continue to sit on what a January 2013 Wall Street Journal article estimated to be USD $ 1.7 trillion in cash.

Business of Civil War: New Forms of Life in the Debris of the Democratic Republic of Congo

“How, in the absence of effective state sovereignty and national government and in the presence of numerous armed contenders for power, have traders managed to build and protect…economic enterprises in eastern Congo?” Patience Kabamba

Non-State Networks: Social Capital or Social Liability?

Beyond AGOA: An Updated Case for a Trans - Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership Between Africa & The United States

Three months into the Obama Second Term - amidst a flurry of activity on the U.S. / Africa trade and investment policy front - our colleagues at the Heritage Foundation, Brookings Institution, Corporate Council on Africa, and the Wilson Center, amongst others argue that there’s apparent ‘continuity rather than change in U.S. policy’ towards Africa; they suggest that the U.S. 'has been slow to seize the opportunities availed by the new Africa;’ and also warn that ‘without a much better focused effort, the U.S.