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Mon, Jan 28, 2019

Nobel Peace Prize laureate on sexual violence in the DRC

On January 28, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, for a discussion on the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Introducing the distinguished guest, Atlantic Council […]

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Wed, Jan 27, 2016

How Boko Haram Became the Islamic State’s West Africa Province

Atlantic Council Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham authored an article published in the current issue of the Journal of International Security Affairs entitled “How Boko Haram Became the Islamic State’s West Africa Province.”

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Mon, Jul 15, 2019

Africa business experts discuss china’s commercial expansion in Africa

On July 15, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a discussion on China’s diversifying economic engagement in Africa, occasioned by the launch of Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby’s latest issue brief, Deconstructing the Dragon: China’s Commercial Expansion in Africa.

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Africa China

Fri, Feb 28, 2014

Countering the al-Shabaab Insurgency in Somalia

Africa Center Assistant Director Joshua Meservey co-authored a Joint Special Operations University monograph with Dr. James Forest, professor and director of the Security Studies program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and the late Dr. Graham Turbiville, Associate Fellow at JSOU’s Strategic Studies Department, on the al-Shabaab insurgency in Somalia.

Article by Joshua Meservey

East Africa Somalia

Fri, Apr 20, 2018

“Disruptive” Technology and Innovation: A Game-Changer in Africa?

How can African countries leverage “disruptive” technologies to their advantage? On the margins of the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby and Youth for Technology Foundation Founder Njideka Harry discuss how African governments, working with the private sector, can harness new technology and innovations for inclusive growth and development […]

Video by Brandon Desiderio


Wed, May 9, 2018

Bekele Gerba and Eskinder Nega Discuss Ethiopia

In February 2018, Eskinder Nega (left), a prominent Ethiopian journalist and blogger, and Bekele Gerba (right), the deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, an Ethiopian opposition party, were released from prison. They were jailed for years under the country’s anti-terrorism laws. During a live conversation at the Atlantic Council, Eskinder and Bekele underscored the […]

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East Africa Ethiopia

Wed, May 23, 2018

RDC: l’avenir Politique Selon Moïse Katumbi & Félix Tshisekedi

Quel avenir pour l’opposition en République démocratique du Congo ? Moïse Katumbi, candidat à la présidentielle du parti Ensemble pour le changement, et son compatriote Félix Tshisekedi du parti l’Union pour la démocratie et le progrès social, s’interrogent sur la situation politique en RDC et l’importance de l’appui international afin que les élections du 23 […]

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South & Central Africa

Wed, Dec 5, 2018

Somaliland’s foreign minister discusses trade and recognition

Faratoon discussed Somaliland’s efforts to integrate into the regional economy, touting its partnership with the United Arab Emirates to substantially upgrade the Port of Berbera and develop a free economic zone to attract manufacturing firms and create much-needed jobs.

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Africa East Africa

Tue, Jun 18, 2019

Expert panel discusses the state of democracy in Africa

Brenthurst Foundation Director Dr. Greg Mills said out various challenges to African democracy and argued that the continent’s rapid demographic growth “demands an end to business as usual.”

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Africa Democratic Transitions

Thu, Nov 29, 2018

Energy experts discuss the role of natural gas in Africa’s energy future

In partnership with the Energy Futures Initiative, the Atlantic Council’s Africa and Global Energy Centers hosted a discussion on November 29 on the role of natural gas in Africa’s energy future, occasioned by the release of Africa50’s new report: Investing in Natural Gas for Africans: Doing Good and Doing Well. The event featured welcoming remarks […]

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Africa Economy & Business