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

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Tue, Jun 1, 2021

A US-Africa summit done right

The last few decades of global Africa policy can be defined in a single word: summitry. After five years of absence from the summit stage, a revived US-Africa summit under the Biden administration is a no-brainer.

AfricaSource by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, May 25, 2021

Africa is America’s greatest geopolitical opportunity. Does the US know it?

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 by Rama Yade

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, May 11, 2021

The Basketball Africa League has arrived: Here’s why it matters

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.

AfricaSource by Luke Tyburski

Africa Civil Society

Experts

Content

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing May 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

Africa Belarus

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

No longer neglected: DAS Cook forecasts more robust engagement with Africa under the Biden administration

Speaking at an Atlantic Council event as part of the Africa Center’s African Conversations Series hosted by Africa Center Director Amb. Rama Yade, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Ms. Akunna Cook promised a turnaround in US-Africa relations under the Biden administration, avoiding the “neglect” shown in recent years and in contrast embracing African nations as partners across critical global challenges.

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Transitions

Sat, Jun 12, 2021

A hidden key to the G7’s infrastructure ambitions: Blue Dot Network

Blue Dot Network represents another chapter for US leadership to address global needs and safeguard the international system from predatory behavior. With the Biden administration’s mission to build back better for the world, it is well poised to make BDN one of its landmark legacies for global good.

New Atlanticist by Kaush Arha

Africa Americas

Thu, Jun 10, 2021

Development finance in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Chinese model

In recent years Chinese investment in Sub-Saharan Africa has outpaced distributions by the World Bank Group by more than $20 billion USD. These investments have been focused in energy, transport, metals, and real estate imply a modern bartering system is at play where developing countries in these regions pay for Chinese investment and construction in their economies through guaranteed long-term supply of hydrocarbons, agriproducts, or minerals.

Blog Post by Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou

Africa China

Tue, Jun 1, 2021

A US-Africa summit done right

The last few decades of global Africa policy can be defined in a single word: summitry. After five years of absence from the summit stage, a revived US-Africa summit under the Biden administration is a no-brainer.

AfricaSource by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, May 25, 2021

Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Africa’s most overlooked crises and opportunities

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.

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

Africa Crisis Management

Tue, May 25, 2021

Mali coup: White House official calls for ‘unconditional and immediate’ release of president and prime minister

Speaking at the Atlantic Council's Africa Day celebration, White House official Dana Banks responded to topical issues in African affairs, including the coup in Mali, calling for "the unconditional and immediate release of the president and the prime minister."

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Transitions

Tue, May 25, 2021

Yade joins the House Foreign Affairs Committee to speak on African innovation and leadership

To mark the occasion of Africa Day, Africa Center Director Amb. Rama Yade joined the US House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, May 25 for a roundtable on African entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership and how to build stronger US-Africa ties.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, May 25, 2021

Africa is America’s greatest geopolitical opportunity. Does the US know it?

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 by Rama Yade

Africa Economy & Business

Mon, May 17, 2021

African contributions to the climate finance conversation

On Monday, May 17, the Africa Center hosted an event on how to foster inclusive, green growth for African countries, featuring an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts. The event also served as the launch of Ms. Emilie Bel’s new Africa Center report, Growing Green: Catalyzing Climate Finance in African Markets.

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Climate Change & Climate Action