About the pillar
Advancing peace and security is a fundamental aspect of shaping the global future. As Africa plays an increasingly central role in the emerging world order, its affairs will continue to impact safety and stability throughout the international system. The African continent faces a complex set of security challenges, including armed conflict, violent extremism, human rights violations, political and environmental disorder and more. The Africa Center offers high-level engagement and analysis on these issues with the aim of inspiring and supporting action to achieve inclusive and sustainable peace on the continent and beyond.
Featured commentary & analysis
AfricaSource Jan 30, 2023
How the international community can help restore Sudan’s democracy
By Sami Abdelhalim Saeed
A number of challenges confront Sudan on its road to democracy. How the country’s leaders and the international community address them could either make or break the dreams of the 2019 revolution.
AfricaSource Apr 12, 2023
As Sudan’s transition to democracy accelerates, reforming the security forces must be a top priority
By Benjamin Mossberg
The Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces must be governed by the rule of law and work to protect democracy and human rights in Sudan.
AfricaSource Sep 24, 2021
Make way for Wakanda: The UN Security Council needs an African seat
By Rama Yade
The Security Council was built on the principle of sovereignty and equality of all nations. Its democratization and reformation are overdue—and must consider Africa.
AfricaSource Apr 27, 2021
Washington’s role and responsibility in Chad
In the midst of the fast-moving changes in Chad, there is an opportunity to begin to address the country’s democracy and development deficits. As Washington contemplates its next steps, emphasis should be placed on listening to Chadians, engaging the African Union, pursuing on-the-ground diplomatic engagement, and acting quickly, yet strategically.
AfricaSource Apr 19, 2021
Will events in Chad force a reset of Sahel strategy?
In the last week, several columns of rebel fighters have entered Chad from neighboring Libya with the intention of unseating long-time strongman and friend of the West Idriss Déby Itno, Chad’s ruler for the past thirty years. How France and the United States respond may cause repercussions for years to come.
AfricaSource Mar 3, 2021
The unintended consequence of Ethiopia’s civil war might be a border war with Sudan
Ethiopia is at war with itself—and the international community is struggling to respond. The stakes in Tigray are high and the civilian toll could be considerable. But there’s another scenario, with the potential to exact an even higher toll, that many observers are overlooking: conventional war that could break out at any moment between Sudan and Ethiopia and their many allied proxies.
AfricaSource Dec 14, 2020
What Sudan’s terror delisting really means
The announcement today that the forty-five day notification period to Congress had elapsed and Sudan was finally off the US State Sponsors of Terrorism list is historic. It validates the new direction of the country, which it was set upon nearly two years ago by nationwide, peaceful street protests. More importantly, it represents a definitive break with Sudan’s troubled past—the true end of the Bashir era, which began more than thirty years ago—and holds out the hope for a more prosperous future for all Sudanese. The weight of the moment cannot be understated.
Featured research & reports
Report Feb 11, 2022
Sahel: Moving beyond military containment policy report
By Pierre Englebert, Rida Lyammouri
Over the last ten years, violence and political instability have spread across the West African Sahel. Multiple foreign interventions and local governments have proved unable to stem the crisis. This report analyses the multiple failures at the root of the crisis and makes innovative policy recommendations.
Report Nov 30, 2020
African agency in the new Cold War: Traditional power competition in the post-COVID-19 African landscape
By Bronwyn Bruton
In a resource-scarce post-COVID environment that will accelerate competition between traditional external powers on the African continent, some African nations will find themselves in the crosshairs of a new Cold War mentality that could threaten African agency, regionalization, and the blooming ethos of pan-Africanism. African leaders’ pursuit of collective interests will be decisive in setting the continent’s trajectory—toward a new African Century, or another period of thwarted ambitions.
Issue Brief Oct 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.
Report May 25, 2017
Why Africa matters to US national security
By Grant T. Harris
African nations have rarely been perceived as essential partners in the pursuit of US national security and economic interests, but a re-assessment of Africa’s strategic importance is past due. Transnational threats emanating from the continent continue to evolve, and trade and investment relationships have deepened. A better and broader understanding of the threats and opportunities […]
The Africa Center works to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.