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Why Economic Partnership Agreements Undermine Africa's Regional Integration

Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are legally binding bilateral contracts between the European Union and individual African countries. Once signed, EPAs warrant that within a decade, about 80% of that country’s market should open to European goods and services.

To their credit and through commendable negotiation dexterity, negotiators from various African countries have managed to exclude a number of subsidized agricultural products and sensitive industries from the negative elements of EPA stipulated market liberalization.

AGOA Policy Breakfast

On Thursday, April 25, House and Senate Members gathered in the Member’s Room of the Library of Congress for the first in a series of policy breakfasts on Africa-focused issues. The event, titled "Looking back at AGOA's history to inform its future," assembled over 100 representatives from foreign governments, NGOs, the private sector, DC-based think tanks, the White House, the Department of State and USAID. Experts discussed the origins of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and key opportunities and challenges that the U.S. Congress as reauthorization of AGOA nears.

Climate Change Adaptation and Peacebuilding in Africa: An Adaptation Partnership Workshop Report

On Thursday, November 1 and Friday November 2, 2012, USAID and the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Institute for Security Studies (Africa Program, Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity and the Environmental Change and Security Program), and IRG/Engility, convened a select group of experts, practitioners, and policymakers from both the United States and Africa in Washington, DC for a conference focused on the third area of concern – climate change adaptation (CCA) and peacebuilding in Africa.

The Quarterly Report: Is Democracy Worth It?

On this episode of Dialogue at the Wilson Center we explore the latest issue of the Wilson Center’s flagship publication, the Wilson Quarterly with the help of its editor, Steve Lagerfeld.

How Should America Respond to Economic Opportunities in Africa?

U.S. policy toward Africa has been on autopilot for much of the past four years, following a laundry list of good intentions that established priorities for Africa’s well-being and U.S. security interests. However, a truly sustainable and forward-looking U.S. policy toward Africa should refocus attention on Africa’s opportunity as an economic powerhouse of the future, a strategy that combines both domestic self-interest and an opportunity to help Africa move forward.

Africa’s Long Spring

Long before it came to the Arab world, spring swept through sub-Saharan Africa. In 1990, Mozambique drafted its first multiparty, democratic constitution. The next year saw multiparty elections in what had been one-party states in Benin, Gabon, and Zambia, as well as the overthrow of Mali’s dictator and, subsequently, the election of new leaders. Every succeeding year brought new steps forward for democracy—in Ghana, Kenya, and the Republic of the Congo in 1992, and elsewhere on the continent in subsequent years.

Africa Rising

For decades, much of the news about Africa was negative. From disease and famine to horrific violence, the continent has certainly endured its share of problems. And while challenges remain, positive trends are leading to increasing good news from across the African continent. To learn more about those trends and developments, and also about U.S. involvement with the nations of Africa, we spoke with Johnnie Carson, a former ambassador to three African nations who currently serves as Assistant Secretary of State for the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs.

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