Constance Berry Newman

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Africa Center

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Civil society, Democracy, Governance, Political Reform, US policy in Africa

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  • November 21, 2017
    Read the Publication (PDF) Education remains a crucial component of economic development and poverty reduction. Primary education is especially important, as it provides students with the foundational skills necessary to continue with advanced education and participate in local and global
  • June 27, 2017
    On Tuesday, June 27, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion with Mr. Louis Mazel, former chargé d’affaires at the embassy of the United States to the State of Eritrea.
  • August 23, 2016
    Twenty-five years ago, after seventy years of Soviet dominance and over three hundred years of rule by Russia, Ukraine declared its independence. This occurred after a national referendum in which over 90 percent of Ukraine’s voters chose independence. Every part
  • July 01, 2016
    “I’m not worried [about Brexit]. I’m scared,” said Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the Atlantic Council on June 30. In one of his first public appearances in Washington since stepping down as Ukraine’s prime minister on April 14, Yatsenyuk urged Europe to
  • February 06, 2015
    Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham and Africa Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Constance Berry Newman write for US News on the "perfect storm" of circumstances surrounding the upcoming Nigerian presidential election:
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Constance Berry Newman is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Africa Center.

Newman currently serves as special counsel for African affairs at the Carmen Group and is an adviser on Somalia to the US African Development Foundation. She is best known for her work in addressing issues related to poverty and civil and human rights, as well as advancing democracy around the world.

From 2004 to 2005, Constance served as assistant secretary of State for African Affairs. From 2001 to 2004, as the assistant administrator for Africa at the US Agency for International Development, she oversaw the US government's economic development in Africa and was a key participant in the launching of the African Education Initiative to expand children's access to basic education and increase the number of teachers, especially at the primary school level, across the continent. From 2002 to 2005, Constance acted as President Bush's G8 personal representative on Africa. Throughout her career, Newman has held seven presidential appointments, five confirmed by the Senate, in both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Newman holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Bates College and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. In 2012, Government Executive magazine selected Newman as one of the twenty all-time greatest civil servants.