The Michael S. Ansari Africa Center of the Atlantic Council today announced that it has named Bronwyn Bruton, one of the most widely quoted emerging analysts of Africa, as its deputy director. 

“This addition greatly deepen the Ansari Africa Center’s expertise and deepen our role as the foremost institution in Washington promoting transatlantic cooperation in Africa,” said Frederick Kempe, president and CEO of the Atlantic Council. “Bronwyn’s writing has not only shown enormous foresight on Somalia and the Horn of Africa, but it has had a significant impact on policy discussions.”

Said J. Peter Pham, director of the center, “Bronwyn has extensive on-the-ground experience regarding the real-world strategic challenges facing African countries – and a record of engagement in the search for solutions with policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic."

Bruton was born in Swaziland and spent most of her childhood in Botswana. She was a 2008-2009 international affairs fellow in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she authored a series of reports and articles on the Horn of Africa, including the widely-discussed March 2010 “Somalia: A New Approach.” Prior to her fellowship appointment, she spent three years at the National Endowment for Democracy, where she managed grants to local and international nongovernmental organizations in east and southern Africa. She previously worked on the Africa teams of the US Agency for International Development and the Government Accountability Office.