All Content

Tue, Jun 2, 2020

Afreximbank president champions African free trade alongside COVID-19 response

On Tuesday, June 2, the Africa Center hosted Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), for a discussion on innovative financing amid COVID-19.

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Coronavirus

Tue, May 26, 2020

Expert panel briefs Congressional staffers on Sudan

On Tuesday, May 26, the Africa Center hosted a closed Sudan briefing for Congressional staffers who are currently at work on several important pieces of Sudan-related legislation. The private briefing featured remarks from Sudanese Minister of Finance H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Elbadawi and Sudanese Minister of Justice H.E. Nasredeen Abdulbari, followed by an expert panel of DC-based Sudan experts.

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Transitions

Mon, May 11, 2020

IGAD executive secretary lays out priorities amid coronavirus crisis

On Monday, May 11, the Africa Center hosted a virtual roundtable with His Excellency Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, executive secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The discussion focused on IGAD's response to East Africa's evolving challenges.

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Coronavirus


Bronwyn E. Bruton is the Director of Programs and Studies at 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.