Atlantic Council

Bronwyn Bruton

Deputy Director, Africa Center

Bruton Bronwyn 175

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Al Shabaab, Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, Piracy, Violent Extremism


Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan



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Recent Activity

  • November 07, 2014
    Bottom Line Up Front:• After almost eight years on the ground, African Union troops have nearly beaten the Qaeda-linked militia al-Shabab—at least militarily• Since 2011, Shabab has steadily lost territory, and on October 5 was pushed out of its last
  • September 18, 2014
    Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton co-authored a Joint Special Operations University monograph with Dr. Paul Williams, associate professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The authors
  • September 02, 2014
    The Washington Post quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on the US counterterrorism operation in Somalia targeting the leader of the militant organization al-Shabaab:
  • September 02, 2014
    The New York Times quotes Atlantic Council Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on the US counterterrorism operation in Somalia that was revealed to have targeted the leader of the militant organization al-Shabaab: 
  • June 20, 2014
    The Atlantic Council's Africa Center hosted a seminar for senior military officers from nine African countries, organized in partnership with the National Defense University's Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA). Titled "Challenges and Opportunities: Africa," the seminar
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Full Bio

Bronwyn E. Bruton is deputy director of the Council's Africa Center.

Bruton is a recognized authority on the conflict in Somalia. She has authored a series of prominent reports and journal essays on the Horn of Africa, including the 2009 Foreign Affairs essay, "In the Quicksands of Somalia," and the widely-read 2010 Council on Foreign Relations special report Somalia: A New Approach. Her articles and editorials on the Horn of Africa are regularly featured in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy magazine and other prominent publications. She provides regular expert commentary on African political affairs for major international media outlets (including the BBC, PBS, NPR, ABC, NBC, USA Today, CTV, CCTV, Bloomberg, the London Financial Times, Newsweek, The Economist and others). She has lectured at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), Harvard University, the Brookings Institute, Carnegie Endowment, the National Defense University, Chatham House (London), the US Africa Command (Commander’s Speaker Series), the World Bank, and the World Affairs Council.

Previously, Ms. Bruton held an international affairs fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to her fellowship appointment, Ms. Bruton managed the National Endowment for Democracy’s multi-million dollar portfolio of small grants to local and international nongovernmental organizations operating in east and southern Africa, and managed post-conflict political transition programs in Africa for the US Agency for International Development. She has also served as a policy analyst on the international affairs and trade team of the Government Accountability Office.

Ms. Bruton holds a master of public policy, with honors, from the University of California at Los Angeles. She was born in Mbabane, Swaziland.