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Thu, Jul 22, 2021

China and Sub-Saharan Africa Trade: A Case of Growing Interdependence

China’s total merchandise trade with Sub-Saharan Africa has increased by 1864% since 2001. Its increased presence in the region not only increases its access and influence, but also poses significant economic and security risks for the US and EU.

Blog Post by Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou

China East Africa

Tue, Jun 29, 2021

Prof. Séverine Autesserre says that it’s time for the peacekeeping community to ‘walk the walk’ when it comes to localized peacebuilding

On Tuesday, June 29, the Africa Center convened a private event with award-winning author Professor Séverine Autesserre for a discussion on localized peacebuilding and her new book, The Frontlines of Peace.

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

Thu, May 13, 2021

Zimbabwe: Engaging stakeholders on economic growth and lingering challenges

On Thursday, May 13, the Africa Center hosted a Zimbabwe roundtable, featuring perspectives from government and the private sector on economic growth and lingering challenges. Panelists featured Zimbabwean Minister of Finance and Economic Development H.E. Prof. Mthuli Ncube, alongside representatives from GE, John Deere, and Old Mutual Zimbabwe.

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business

Mon, Mar 29, 2021

Africa’s real strategic import for the green economy

Among its efforts to address climate change, the Biden administration has laid out an ambitious agenda for a clean energy revolution. This will require significant quantities of raw materials. And here the African continent has an important role to play.

AfricaSource by J. Peter Pham

Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo

Wed, Dec 2, 2020

Speckhard in CNN: For Joe Biden, a key challenge in Central America

In better times, the verdant hills of Jinotega, Nicaragua, are carpeted with coffee cherries that yield a superior brew and provide a decent living for the region’s farming families. In the wake of hurricanes Eta and Iota — both of which struck Nicaragua as Category 4 storms earlier last month — many of these coffee farms now […]

In the News

South & Central Africa
Hopewell Chin'ono

Wed, Nov 11, 2020

#DFRLabCoffeeBreak with Investigative Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono

Investigative journalist Hopewell Chin'ono sat down with the DFRLab to discuss media freedom in Zimbabwe.

Interview

Africa Corruption
State on the cusp

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

States on the cusp: Overcoming illicit trade’s corrosive effects in developing economies

The report “States on the cusp” explores the complex ways in which the illicit trade in otherwise licit goods (including alcohol, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, cigarettes, electronics, and much more) threatens the stability, security, and prosperity of vulnerable states around the world, especially in the Global South. This groundbreaking study at the nexus of illicit trade, organized crime, and official corruption proposes actionable solutions for combating illicit trade and bringing states back from the cusp of functionality.

Report by Mark Shaw, Tuesday Reitano, Simone Haysom, Peter Tinti

Corruption Economy & Business

Thu, Oct 22, 2020

Roundtable on foreign interference in the Central African Republic

On Thursday, October 22, the Africa Center hosted, in partnership with The Sentry, a virtual private roundtable with Ms. Nathalia Dukhan, Senior Investigator for The Sentry and an expert on the Central African Republic (CAR), and Mr. David Brownstein, a career Foreign Service Officer who served as the Chargé d’Affaires at US Embassy Bangui in CAR from 2017 to 2019.

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Conflict

Thu, Oct 22, 2020

Central African Republic: Ground zero for Russian influence in Central Africa

The Kremlin has rapidly exploited the recent absence of Western involvement in the Central African Republic. Russian propaganda arms and security forces are propping up the country's embattled leader in exchange for decisive influence in the region.

Issue Brief by Nathalia Dukhan

Conflict Corruption