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Mon, Jul 15, 2019

Deconstructing the Dragon: China’s commercial expansion in Africa

The Trump administration has raised the alarm about China’s domination of large infrastructure projects in Africa, diagnosing the growing indebtedness of African nations to China as a threat to US national security, as well as the sovereignty of the countries affected. They also correctly bemoan the unfair advantages conferred on Chinese firms by Beijing’s multi-billion dollar […]

Issue Brief by Aubrey Hruby

Africa China

Wed, Nov 14, 2018

Coming to life: Artificial intelligence in Africa

The rapid uptake of disruptive technologies in Africa, such as mobile and financial technologies, is prompting speculation among tech investors about whether artificial intelligence (AI) applications will also take root on the continent. A new issue brief by Africa Center Senior Fellow Aleksandra Gadzala, “Coming to Life: Artificial Intelligence in Africa,” mostly throws cold water […]

Issue Brief by Aleksandra Gadzala

Africa Economy & Business

Mon, Nov 5, 2018

The Future of development finance

Growing anxiety about China’s dominance of emerging markets spurred a rare bipartisan effort to pass the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act of 2018. The BUILD Act delivers a needed overhaul of US development finance capabilities and commercial diplomacy by subsuming the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and other development finance agencies […]

Issue Brief by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

Mon, Sep 24, 2018

Getting creative about development

African film, music, and fashion are exploding in popularity on the global stage. From Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry to the visual arts in South Africa, creative and cultural industries (CCI) represent a new realm of economic op­portunity. From artists to distrib­utors, Africa’s creative economy is currently estimated to employ about half a million people, generates […]

Issue Brief by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

Fri, Apr 20, 2018

Fintech: Powering inclusive growth in Africa

From cryptocurrencies to blockchain to mobile money, financial technology (“fintech”) is revolutionizing the basic structures of the global economy. Financial services delivered through fintech are becoming more accessible, efficient, and personal. In sub-Saharan Africa, where only 34 percent of adults have bank accounts, fintech companies are already providing financial products and services to millions of […]

Issue Brief by Aleksandra Gadzala

Africa Economy & Business

Fri, Apr 20, 2018

3D Printing: Shaping Africa’s Future

Disruptive technologies—such as the Internet of Things, robotics, and three-dimensional (3D) printing—have been heralded as the future of the global manufacturing sector. However, in Africa, they could hinder industrialization and result in fewer entry points into global supply chains. While it may be possible for African nations to “leapfrog” directly to newer technologies, it is […]

Issue Brief by Aleksandra Gadzala

Africa Economy & Business

Thu, Mar 8, 2018

Sudan: Soft power, cultural engagement, and national security

The third paper in the new Atlantic Council Sudan Task Force series, “Sudan: Soft Power, Cultural Engagement, and National Security” examines the importance of people-to-people engagement and its relevance to broader US strategic aims in Sudan. More than two decades of isolation have succeeded in funneling Sudan’s best and brightest to seek higher education and […]

Issue Brief by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Transitions

Thu, Mar 8, 2018

Sudan: Prospects for economic re-engagement

The second paper in the new Atlantic Council Sudan Task Force series, “Sudan: Prospects for Economic Re-engagement” examines the possibility of a new era of US economic cooperation with Sudan, including an opportunity for the United States to push for desperately needed economic reforms as part of wider US bilateral engagements efforts. Authored by Dr. […]

Issue Brief by Africa Center

Africa East Africa

Thu, Mar 8, 2018

Sudan: Politics, Engagement, and Reform

The first paper in the new Atlantic Council Sudan Task Force series, “Sudan: Politics, Engagement, and Reform” examines the political landscape in the country in the wake of renewed bilateral engagement, addressing questions of governance, inclusion, and reform. Co-authored by Ambassador Johnnie Carson and Zach Vertin in collaboration with the Council’s Sudan Task Force, the […]

Issue Brief by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Transitions

Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Forging a New Era in US-South African Relations

As one of the African continent’s largest and most sophisticated economies, South Africa offers a myriad of opportunities for engagement with the United States on diplomatic, commercial, security, and social fronts. It is a self-sufficient, complex, and dynamic country in a struggling, complex, and dynamic region. Yet, the centrality of South Africa to the United […]

Report by Africa Center

Africa Corruption