Bronwyn Bruton

  • Somaliland’s Foreign Minister Discusses Trade and Recognition

    On December 5, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr. Yasin Hagi Mohamud Hiir “Faratoon,” minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the as-yet unrecognized Republic of Somaliland, on his administration’s role in the shifting diplomatic, economic, and security landscape of the Horn of Africa.

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  • Bruton Joins NPR to Discuss Peace Deal


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  • Bruton Joins BBC to Discuss Eritrea Sanctions


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  • How Will the Outcome of the Midterms Affect Trump's Policy Options?

    Democrats captured the House of Representatives while Republicans strengthened their Senate majority in the US midterm elections on November 6.

    We asked our analysts what they believe are the policy implications of this outcome. Here’s what they had to say*:

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  • The Future of Development Finance

    On October 31, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion on the new United States International Development Finance Corporation (USDFC), in preparation for the launch of Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby’s new issue brief on the subject.

    Africa Center Director of Programs and Studies and Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton introduced Hruby’s paper and welcomed participants.

    In her introductory remarks, Hruby stressed that The Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act is a once in a generation opportunity to reassert US competitiveness in emerging markets. In Africa, the new USDFC will be critical to countering China’s growing economic clout and could help solve a growing employment crisis, while also supporting US businesses investing on the continent. Hruby shared the recommendations from her publication, focusing on the new USDFC’s ability to operate in the informal sector, invest in industries that complement US competitiveness, and foster innovation in development finance.

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  • 'Conflict Gold' Fueling War in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    New report finds illicit trade could be flowing to the United States and Europe

    The world’s most ubiquitous symbol of wealth is fueling the decades-long conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, policy experts said at the Atlantic Council in Washington on October 24. Militias and warlords are selling gold to fund their military activities and political control in eastern Congo and their illicit trade is not just flowing to the black market, but “may be coming here to the United States as well as Europe,” Sasha Lezhnev, deputy director of policy for the Enough Project, explained.

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  • Congo’s Conflict Gold Trade: Recent Findings and Recommendations for the Future

    On October 24, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center partnered with The Sentry at the Enough Project to host a discussion on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s conflict gold trade, occasioned by the release of the group’s new report: The Golden Laundromat.

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  • Fifth Anniversary of Westgate Mall Attack: Fighting Al-Shabaab in Africa

    September 21, 2013, started out like any other day at the Westgate mall. Shoppers in search of deals strolled unaware that their lives would soon be changed forever. At midday, heavily armed militants lobbing grenades and firing indiscriminately turned the upscale shopping center in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, into a war zone. Security forces, caught off guard and woefully unprepared, struggled to rescue hundreds of shoppers and hunt down the assailants. By the end of a four-day siege—the worst attack on Kenyan soil since the 1998 US Embassy bombing by al Qaeda—sixty-seven people were dead and more than two hundred wounded. Al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based terrorist group that has pledged allegiance to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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  • Eritrea and Ethiopia: Troops Remain, but is Peace Closer?

    In June this year, Africa’s longest-running conflict appeared to come to a sudden end as Abiy Ahmed, the newly-installed prime minister of Ethiopia, made a compelling peace overture to his counterpart in neighboring Eritrea. After a couple of short meetings with Eritrea’s president, Isaias Afwerki, peace was summarily declared. Parades were held, banners festooned both capitals, and the habitually cheery Abiy and the often surly Isaias were photographed arm in arm, with broad smiles on their faces.

    A series of historical reversals then occurred: telephone lines were unblocked for the first time in decades, airplanes started flying between Asmara and Addis Ababa, and families that had been separated for twenty years—since 1998, when the border war between Eritrea and Ethiopia broke out— were joyously reunited.

    History was made again on September 11 as Abiy and Isaias ceremoniously reopened several border crossings, including at the Debay Sima-Burre border point, which sits on the road to the Eritrean port of Assab. Opening this crossing will give Ethiopian exports new access to the Red Sea, with economic dividends in store for both countries.

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  • Bruton Quoted in The Atlantic on War on Terror in Somalia


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