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

  • April 24, 2015
    Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton joins Voice of America to discuss her recent trip to Eritrea, including a meeting with President Isaias Afwerky:
  • April 22, 2015
    Slate quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on ISIS's influence over al-Shabaab as demonstrated by the militant group's attack on Garissa University in Kenya:
  • April 21, 2015
    IRIN News quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on al-Shabaab's growing presence in Kenya:
  • April 08, 2015
    Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton joins KCRW's Morning Edition to discuss al-Shabaab's attack on Garissa University and conflict in Kenya:
  • April 07, 2015
    Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton joins Voice of America to discuss the history of al-Shabaab and how its recent attack on Garissa University in Kenya demonstrates its evolution into a terrorist organization:
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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.