About the Africa Center

The mission of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center is to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.

The Center assists policymakers in addressing the complex political and security challenges facing Africa. Within the context of the Atlantic Council’s work to promote constructive US leadership and engagement in international affairs, the Center supports and collaborates with the public and private sectors in forging practical solutions to challenges and opportunities—particularly those that support economic growth—in Africa.

Over the past year, the Africa Center has provided an important platform for assessing and revising US policy in the Horn of Africa and has been at the cutting edge of analysis on the growth of extremism in the Sahel and West Africa, as well as the emergence of new positive economic and political trends across the continent.


Influencing African Security Policy

The Africa Center provides thought leadership on the emerging security and geopolitical challenges in Africa. The Center continues to be a leading voice on the problems of state collapse; humanitarian crises; piracy; the nexus between extremism and criminality in West Africa and the Sahel; the ongoing political transitions across Africa; challenges in Central and Southern Africa; and the growing impact of Islamist extremism on African polities and economies.

Emerging Economic Powers in Africa

As Africa grows in strategic and economic relevance, emerging global and regional powers—including China, India, Russia, Brazil, and Turkey—have developed dynamic economic policies toward Africa while the United States has been slow to do the same. The Africa Center examines how the rise of other economic powers on the continent will impact not only African interests, but those of the United States and Europe.

African Prosperity

Home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, Africa is rapidly transforming into a powerful global economic force. The Africa Center seeks to expand awareness of Africa’s buoyant economic prospects and examine the potential mutually beneficial outcomes for the United States and its European allies to invest strategically in the continent.

Conversations with African Leaders

The Africa Center has hosted the continent’s top decision-makers and thinkers to inform and shape the public debate on Africa’s most pressing issues. Guests have included President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali; President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique; Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria; President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon; President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia; Presidents John Dramani Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana; Presidents Blaise Compaoré and Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso; President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger; President Thomas Boni Yayi of Benin; former Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya; and former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo of Guinea; as well as President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and President Akinwumi Adesina of the African Development Bank.