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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

Thu, Sep 3, 2020

Expert panel responds to incidents of North Korean sanctions evasion in the DRC

On Thursday, September 3, the Africa Center hosted a virtual panel to discuss the latest report published by The Sentry: Overt Affairs: How North Korean Businessmen Busted Sanctions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Sentry’s Director of Illicit Finance Policy Ms. Hilary Mossberg provided opening remarks alongside Africa Center Director of Programs and Studies Ms. Bronwyn Bruton, […]

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Corruption
Aisha Karim

Thu, Aug 20, 2020

#DFRLabCoffeeBreak with Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, Aisha Abdool Karim

DFRLab's Research Assistant, Tessa Knight sits down with Aisha Abdool Karim, journalist for the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism to discuss South Africa's fight against COVID-19 and the disinformation surrounding it.

Blog Post

Africa Disinformation

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

Pandemic policing: South Africa’s most vulnerable face a sharp increase in police-related brutality

South Africa is one of several nations facing an international outcry over increases in COVID-19 related violence against civilians by security forces bent on enforcing quarantine measures. Since South Africa instituted a country-wide lockdown on March 27, the number of violent incidents by police against civilians has reportedly more than doubled with poor and vulnerable populations most affected.

AfricaSource by Katie Trippe

Africa Coronavirus

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

Englebert in Le Monde: Aujourd’hui comme sous Léopold II, le Congo reste la façade institutionnelle d’un voleur érigé en Etat

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thu, May 14, 2020

McFate in the Washington Post: Venezuela shows how mercenaries have become a global security threat

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Conflict

Fri, May 1, 2020

The “shadow pandemic” of gender-based violence

While lockdowns and social distancing measures have been essential in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, they have also produced unintended consequences: increased rates of domestic violence. As COVID-19 spreads in African countries, demand for support services for victims of gender-based violence continues to rise.

AfricaSource by Joanne Chukwueke

Africa Coronavirus

Tue, Apr 21, 2020

Hruby in the Africa Report: Africa’s innovators vs the virus

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Coronavirus