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Featured commentary & analysis
New Atlanticist May 25, 2021
Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Africa’s most overlooked crises and opportunities
By Katherine Walla
Thomas-Greenfield spoke about US President Joe Biden’s outlook on Africa with Ambassador Rama Yade, director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, at an event celebrating Africa Day and introducing the Africa Center’s new team and mission.
AfricaSource May 25, 2021
Africa is America’s greatest geopolitical opportunity. Does the US know it?
By Rama Yade
Biden can further build ties with Africa: He should do so not only because these countries have long been underrepresented within leading multilateral organizations, but also because they offer innovative solutions to global challenges including terrorism, climate change, migration, debt, and COVID-19.
AfricaSource May 11, 2021
The Basketball Africa League has arrived: Here’s why it matters
By Luke Tyburski
With the Basketball Africa League set to launch, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center reached out to sports stakeholders across the BAL’s inaugural countries to hear their perspective on why the BAL represents a historic moment. Their feedback provides a compelling case for the developmental, diplomatic, and economic potential of African basketball.
Featured research & reports
The Africa Center’s reports provide in-depth analysis to policymakers on topics of pressing concern.
Report May 14, 2021
Growing green: Catalyzing climate finance in African markets
By Emilie Bel
While African countries are the most impacted by the effects of climate change, the continent is home to an abundance of natural resources and vibrant economic prospects. To face the climate emergency, overcome the economic shock of COVID-19, and ensure that African economic development is sustainable, growth can only be green. However, tapping into Africa’s vast potential will require mobilizing billions in investment for infrastructure.
Issue Brief Apr 28, 2021
Partnering for Africa’s digital future: Opportunities for the United States, South Korea, and India
By Aleksandra Gadzala Tirziu
For Washington, cooperation with emerging powers such as South Korea and India could advance US influence in Africa and could help ensure that Beijing’s digital foothold on the continent does not deepen.
Report Apr 19, 2021
Priorities for US-Africa commercial policy in the Biden Administration
By Aubrey Hruby
This new decade has created a unique moment for the Biden administration to reset US-Africa policy. A more multifaceted and nuanced engagement with African states will set a foundation for stronger US-Africa partnerships, support mutual economic growth, and contribute to strengthening US global leadership.
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