African Leaders Summit

  • Hruby: President Obama Succeeds with US-Africa Summit

    Africa Center Visiting Fellow Aubrey Hruby cowrites for the Huffington Post on how President Obama handled the US-Africa Leaders Summit:

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  • Pham: New Africa on Display

    Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham writes for Yale Global on the recent US-Africa Summit and the need for concrete policy measures to maintain momentum: 

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  • US-Africa Leaders Summit: Highlights

    The Africa Center hosted a busy week of events around the US-Africa Leaders Summit, welcoming four heads of state, the head of a regional governmental organization, numerous ministers, corporate executives, and other stakeholders for lively and thoughtful conversations about the important African issues of the day. Below is a sampling of some of our favorite photos from the week—we hope they will give you a feel for the breadth and diversity of our events, and the interesting discussions they provoked among participants.

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  • Africa's Projected Population Boom

    Africa's demographic trends have been gaining attention for years, and our last maps for this week show why. Africa today has just over 1 billion people, but by the end of this century it is projected to hold more than 4 billion. Nigeria is a major part of the story; already Africa's most populous country with approximately 178 million people, its population is projected to grow to more than 900 million by 2100. Or in other words, in 2100 almost every fourth African will be a Nigerian.


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  • Hruby: The Ebola Effect

    Africa Center Visiting Fellow Aubrey Hruby writes for the National Interest on how the threat of Ebola affected the US-Africa Leaders Summit:


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  • Challenge and Opportunity in the Heart of the Sahel: Discussion with Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou

    On Friday, August 8, the Atlantic Council's Africa Center hosted H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou, president of the Republic of Niger, for a roundtable discussion moderated by J. Peter Pham, Africa Center director. After introductory remarks by Pham, President Issoufou made an opening statement outlining the challenges and opportunities in his country as well as the ongoing crisis in the Sahel, noting the continuing insecurity and conflict in Mali, Libya, and Nigeria, all of which border Niger.


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    This page is the home of the Atlantic Council's work on this initiative, specifically the Middle East and the eroding power of the state in light of an insurgent threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and beyond.

    The initiative draws on expertise from the Council's Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security, the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, the South Asia Center, and the Eurasia Center.

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  • Pham on Outcomes of the Africa Summit

    Defense One quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the progress and pitfalls of the US-Africa Leaders Summit:

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  • Hruby: How to Compete with China in Africa

    Africa Center Visiting Fellow Aubrey Hruby writes for CQ Roll Call on competing with China in the African market:

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  • Pham on the "New Africa"

    Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham joins PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly  to discuss an emergent Africa that is increasingly confident politically, economically, and religiously: 

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