Bronwyn Bruton

Deputy Director, Africa Center


Bruton Bronwyn 175

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Expertise

Topics

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

Regions

Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan

Languages

English


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Recent Activity

  • December 19, 2014
    •  Nearly three years after the collapse of Muammar Qadhafi’s regime, Libya has become a failed state, reaching levels of instability never before experienced in North Africa and the Sahel•  More than 1,700 competing clans, regional and Islamist militias are vying
  • December 04, 2014
    Boko Haram, the African militant group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) over the summer, appears to have borrowed a page from the jihadists' playbook as it unleashes a deadly wave of attacks across
  • December 04, 2014
    Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group that has a foothold in northern Nigeria, has begun to consolidate control over large swathes of territory threatening the stability of Nigeria and its neighbors.The militants have resorted to using female suicide bombers as
  • December 03, 2014
    New York Times quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on al-Shabaab's intent to provoke Kenyan security forces:
  • 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
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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.

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