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

  • 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
  • June 04, 2014
    Voice of America quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on the upcoming US/Africa Leaders' Summit in Washington:
  • June 03, 2014
    On the night of April 14, 2014, armed men of Nigeria's puritanical Boko Haram movement drove cargo trucks across the arid scrubland of northeast Nigeria, rumbling up an unlit, dirt road in the town of Chibok. They stopped at the
  • May 29, 2014
    On April 14, 2014, more than 200 female students were kidnapped from a school in Nigeria. In May, news of that kidnapping went viral. In a series of videos, Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton discusses why the social media response to
  • May 22, 2014
    The Southern African nation of Angola has made commendable economic progress since emerging from a twenty-seven-year long civil war in 2002. Rich in natural resources, it has become Africa’s second largest oil producer and has enjoyed a decade of strong
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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.