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.


African creatives

Mar 13, 2024

Trailblazing Ivorian executive Laureen Kouassi-Olsson invests in Africa’s heritage fashion brands

By Africa Center

Birimian Ventures Founder and Chief Executive Officer Laureen Kouassi-Olsson champions the transformation of African creativity into an economic force.

Africa Economy & Business

In the News

Mar 12, 2024

Braw featured in Foreign Policy on ecclesiastical expansionism of Russian Orthodox Church

By Elisabeth Braw

On March 12, Transatlantic Security Initiative senior fellow Elisabeth Braw wrote an article in Foreign Policy on expansionist tactics employed by Russian Orthodox Church in Africa.   

Africa Europe & Eurasia

New Atlanticist

Mar 8, 2024

Investing in women accelerates prosperity and peace

By Nicole Goldin

Expanding opportunities for women is essential for economic resilience and recovery during and after conflicts.

Education Human Rights

Global China

Mar 4, 2024

Global China Newsletter: Two Sessions, zero reasons for economic optimism?

By Dexter Tiff Roberts

The second 2024 edition of the Global China Newsletter.

Africa China

Issue Brief

Feb 29, 2024

Complicated history helps Russian narratives about Ukraine find a foothold in the Middle East

By the Digital Forensic Research Lab

Across the Arabic-speaking world, the narratives amplified by Russian state media and local media partners are framed in a way that appeals to audiences in the region and their complicated history with the West.

Democratic Transitions Disinformation

Issue Brief

Feb 29, 2024

Two-pronged approach to Africa pays dividends for Russia

By the Digital Forensic Research Lab

In the African countries with which Russia has longstanding ties, diplomats lead the way. Elsewhere on the continent, Wagner Group fighters are Moscow's more active representatives. Both official and covert approaches exploit local grievances to push Russia's narrative.

Africa Disinformation

New Atlanticist

Feb 28, 2024

Prime Minister Succès Masra on Chad’s democratic transition and regional challenges

By Daniel Hojnacki

Speaking at the Atlantic Council, Masra outlined the transitional government’s priorities for building stronger and more inclusive democratic institutions.

Democratic Transitions North & West Africa

In the News

Feb 28, 2024

Farrand quoted in Al-Monitor on Algerian-German gas partnership

By Atlantic Council

Africa Energy & Environment

In the News

Feb 28, 2024

Dijksal quoted in Middle East Monitor on European Court of Human Rights case against Egypt and France

By Atlantic Council

Africa Human Rights

Freedom and Prosperity Around the World

Feb 26, 2024

Sub-Saharan Africa grapples with development imperatives

By William Easterly

Sub-Saharan Africa confronts urgent development challenges, including the imperative for democratization and institution building, amid critical security concerns. With declining foreign support and China's Belt and Road Initiative rising, worries arise over debt and politicized financing. Despite potential through regional integration, diverse political interests and institutional weaknesses remain obstacles.

Africa Democratic Transitions