AfricaSourceMar 29, 2021
Africa’s real strategic import for the green economy
By J. Peter Pham
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.
In the NewsDec 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 […]
ReportOct 23, 2020
States on the cusp: Overcoming illicit trade’s corrosive effects in developing economies
By Mark Shaw, Tuesday Reitano, Simone Haysom, Peter Tinti
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.
Event RecapOct 22, 2020
Roundtable on foreign interference in the Central African Republic
By Africa Center
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.
Issue BriefOct 22, 2020
Central African Republic: Ground zero for Russian influence in Central Africa
By Nathalia Dukhan
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.
Event RecapSep 3, 2020
Expert panel responds to incidents of North Korean sanctions evasion in the DRC
By Africa Center
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, […]
Blog PostAug 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.
AfricaSourceJun 24, 2020
Pandemic policing: South Africa’s most vulnerable face a sharp increase in police-related brutality
By Katie Trippe
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.
Millennium Leadership Fellow
Senior Researcher, University of Johannesburg