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Thu, Jul 31, 2014

The US-Africa Leaders Summit: A Preview by Linda Thomas-Greenfield

The Africa Center hosted Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield for a public address previewing the upcoming US-Africa Leaders Summit.

External by The Atlantic Council

Tue, May 13, 2014

Intelbrief: Nigeria: The Limits of US Assistance

Bottom Line Up Front     Amid surging outrage in Nigeria and abroad—and the acute focus generated by the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign—over Boko Haram’s kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls, President Obama has promised that the US will do “everything it can” to help rescue them US support efforts are challenged in a number of ways to include […]

External by Bronwyn Bruton


Tue, Jul 14, 2015

The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse

It’s no coincidence that Kenya will host this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in July, or that President Barack Obama will be there in person, as well as traveling next door to Ethiopia. Home to entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and artists who embody the spirit of innovation, Africa is rapidly commanding more influence on the global stage. The […]

Books by Jake Bright and Aubrey Hruby

Fri, May 2, 2014

IntelBrief: The Eastleigh Crackdown & the Troubled Kenya-Somalia Relationship

Bottom Line Up Front The Somali and Kenyan governments are at war with the Somalia-based terror group al-Shabab, but disagreements over the Kenyan Defense Forces’ actions in Somalia’s Kismayo region have strained the bilateral relationship. In April, Kenya launched a nation-wide security crackdown that targeted its domestic Somali population. Some four thousand were detained, including […]

External by Joshua Meservey

East Africa Somalia

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

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 28, 2015

J. Peter Pham Authors Africa Chapter in John Hay Initiative’s “Choosing to Lead” Book

This chapter originally appeared in the book, Choosing to Lead: American Foreign Policy for a Disordered World, released by the John Hay Initiative. Africa is destined to present the United States with both significant challenges and extraordinary opportunities in the coming years, far more than has been the case in the recent past. It could hardly […]

Books by J. Peter Pham

Fri, Jul 25, 2014

Three Questions with Dr. J. Peter Pham on the 2014 Africa Summit

Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the upcoming 2014 Africa Summit, which will take place July 31 – August 8 in Washington, DC.

External by The Atlantic Council

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

Tue, Feb 17, 2015

‘Boom time’ for private security contractors

‘The Modern Mercenary’ author McFate says contractors fill security vacuum left by departing troops One of the biggest fallacies in Washington is that once the United States is done with private security contractors in Afghanistan and elsewhere they will simply pack their bags and head home, says Sean McFate. In fact, these private armies go […]

Books by Ashish Kumar Sen

Defense Industry National Security