CSIS Africa Program

CSIS Africa Program The CSIS Africa Program charts new directions for U.S.-Africa policy by providing timely, forward-thinking analysis. The CSIS Africa Program is committed to charting new directions for U.S.-Africa policy, providing forward-thinking analysis that spurs new insights and policy recommendations for the region.
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We seek to identify shifts in the economic, political, and security landscape, and connect these developments to broader global trends. Leveraging our reputation as a bipartisan think tank, the Africa Program convenes high-level representatives from the U.S. government, African governments, private sector, and non-governmental organizations to explore new ideas and tackle enduring challenges to peace and prosperity in the region. Director Judd Devermont leads our efforts. Website: http://csis.org/program/africa-program “Into Africa” podcast: https://www.csis.org/podcasts/africa Twitter: http://twitter.com/CSISAfrica Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/csisafrica/

We have an exciting lineup of high-profile guests for our third season of the Into Africa podcast. There's a lot to look...
01/08/2021

We have an exciting lineup of high-profile guests for our third season of the Into Africa podcast. There's a lot to look forward to this year: Chinese tech in Africa, vaccine diplomacy, conflict minerals, and the reparation of African artifacts. Join us next week for our special anniversary episode featuring Kenyan afro-pop band, Sauti Sol!

Here's a teaser: www.csis.org/node/59380

Anxiety underpins what people buy, how neighborhoods are structured, and which type of crimes take place in the large ci...
01/06/2021
Mapping an Emotional Landscape: Urban Anxiety in Johannesburg

Anxiety underpins what people buy, how neighborhoods are structured, and which type of crimes take place in the large city of Johannesburg.

In our fifth edition of Talking Urban Futures in Africa, the CSIS Africa Program sat down with Cobus van Staden and Nicky Falkof, co-editors of Anxious Joburg: The Inner Lives of a Global South City (Wits University Press, 2020).

http://bit.ly/3pVfaa3

In our fifth edition of Talking Urban Futures in Africa, the CSIS Africa Program sat down with Cobus van Staden and Nicky Falkof, co-editors of Anxious Joburg: The Inner Lives of a Global South City (Wits University Press, 2020). Van Staden and Falkof discuss why anxiety is a useful lens to understa...

Sub-Saharan Africa’s 49 countries rarely receive equal attention. Director Judd Devermont and senior associate Ryan Cumm...
12/28/2020
Under the Radar: Winter Edition

Sub-Saharan Africa’s 49 countries rarely receive equal attention. Director Judd Devermont and senior associate Ryan Cummings address this disparity in the CSIS Africa Program’s series, “Under the Radar,” revealing insights on countries that seldom grab headlines.

Read on for the Winter Edition: http://bit.ly/3mWKAuK

Sub-Saharan Africa’s 49 countries rarely receive equal attention. The international media and analysts privilege the region’s biggest economies and troubled spots, neglecting political, economic, and security developments in other countries. Director Judd Devermont and senior associate Ryan Cumm...

As the crisis in the Sahel nears its second decade, the international community must refresh its approach to the region’...
12/28/2020
Rethinking Crisis Responses in the Sahel

As the crisis in the Sahel nears its second decade, the international community must refresh its approach to the region’s intertwined political and security challenges.

In a new European Union in the United States supported brief, CSIS experts Judd Devermont and Marielle Harris outline key recommendations: https://bit.ly/3piMx

Download the Brief The Issue The situation in the Sahel has never been more dire. As the crisis enters its tenth year, extremist violence is spreading, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is growing, and food insecurity is affecting more people than ever before. There are growing doubt...

In a new interactive piece, the Africa Program profiles the dynamic links between African countries and 15 select U.S. c...
12/18/2020
Africa Matters to U.S. Cities

In a new interactive piece, the Africa Program profiles the dynamic links between African countries and 15 select U.S. cities. The resounding conclusion is that a city’s engagement with the continent contributes significantly to overall enrichment.

Read, watch, and explore: https://bit.ly/CSCity

Africa matters to U.S. cities. Over the past few decades, the continent has shaped the wealth, foreign policy profile, academic success, and cultural life of America’s major cities. The Hometown Argument The national security pitch about why Africa matters to the United States tends to fall on dea...

In a new interactive piece, we profile the dynamic links between African countries & 15 select US cities. The resounding...
12/15/2020
Africa Matters to U.S. Cities

In a new interactive piece, we profile the dynamic links between African countries & 15 select US cities. The resounding conclusion is that a city’s engagement with the continent contributes significantly to overall enrichment.

Read, watch, and explore: bit.ly/CSCity

Africa matters to U.S. cities. Over the past few decades, the continent has shaped the wealth, foreign policy profile, academic success, and cultural life of America’s major cities. The Hometown Argument The national security pitch about why Africa matters to the United States tends to fall on dea...

With Uganda's presidential elections just a few weeks away, there are increasing concerns that violence will escalate an...
12/14/2020
Repression as Voters Weigh Museveni’s 34 Years

With Uganda's presidential elections just a few weeks away, there are increasing concerns that violence will escalate and the situation could reach a tipping point.

Senior Associate Maria Burnett breaks down the systemic setbacks opposition candidates and civil society face.

www.csis.org/analysis/repression-voters-weigh-musevenis-34-years

Being an opposition presidential candidate in Uganda is an exercise in anxiety. Not because you are unsure of what might happen, but rather because you know quite well what will. Opposition candidates know that on January 14, 2021, their names and party symbols will appear on the ballot. They know t...

12/14/2020

"The Sahel’s exceedingly disjointed security environment underpins each challenge faced by those in need of humanitarian aid—and those trying to deliver it."

The visualization below illustrates the scale of attacks in the region. Read more: http://ow.ly/1vwf50CI3m9

12/08/2020

On the latest Into Africa episode, Yomi Kazeem highlights the differences between East and West Africa in relation to the adoption of digital technology and mobile money.

Plus, Judd Devermont is joined by Alexis Akwagyiram and Deepali Fernandes to discuss the WTO Director-General race, expanding internet access across sub-Saharan Africa, and the exciting potential of digital currency.

Listen: bit.ly/IADigitalCurrency

Digital currencies and mobile money platforms have the potential to lower costs of remittances and increase financial in...
12/07/2020
The Train Is Leaving the Station: Digital Currency in Sub-Saharan Africa

Digital currencies and mobile money platforms have the potential to lower costs of remittances and increase financial inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa.

In a new piece, Judd Devermont and Topaz Mukulu share their recommendations to hasten the secure and safe adoption of digital currencies and expand the use of mobile money across the continent.

Read the commentary: bit.ly/SSADigitalCurrency

The predictions were dire. In the early stages of the Covid-19 outbreak, the World Bank predicted a 23.1 percent drop in remittances to sub-Saharan African countries. With the region’s economies and households accustomed to receiving as much as $48 billion in remittances, a substantial decline—c...

Prime Minister Abiy and the TPLF share responsibility for the tragedy in Tigray.In a new commentary, Judd Devermont expl...
12/04/2020
The Battle of Mekelle and Its Implications for Ethiopia

Prime Minister Abiy and the TPLF share responsibility for the tragedy in Tigray.

In a new commentary, Judd Devermont explains the origins of the conflict in Ethiopia and discusses the concerning prospects for the country's democratic transition.

Read his analysis: bit.ly/TigrayConflict

On November 28, Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed congratulated the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) for seizing control of Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia’s restive Tigray region, after nearly a month of mounting violence between the government and rebel Tigrayan forces. Abiy declared t...

New on Into Africa: Covid-19 has accelerated the adoption of digital currency and mobile money platforms across Africa. ...
12/03/2020

New on Into Africa: Covid-19 has accelerated the adoption of digital currency and mobile money platforms across Africa. Judd Devermont sits down with Alexis Akwagyiram (Reuters), Yomi Kareem (Quartz Africa), and Deepali Fernandes (IOM - UN Migration) to discuss the tug-of-war between innovation and regulation, high-tech solutions to expand internet access, and the remaining obstacles to Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's confirmation as WTO Director-General. Listen: bit.ly/IADigitalCurrency

In the latest episode of CNA Corporation's "Coming in from the Cold," Judd Devermont joins Pamela Faber to discuss the a...
12/01/2020

In the latest episode of CNA Corporation's "Coming in from the Cold," Judd Devermont joins Pamela Faber to discuss the assassination of the first elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo, Patrice Lumumba.

Listen: https://www.cna.org/news/coming-in-from-the-cold

Access to humanitarian aid for millions of IDPs in the Sahel hinges upon overcoming obstacles posed by the fragmented se...
11/27/2020

Access to humanitarian aid for millions of IDPs in the Sahel hinges upon overcoming obstacles posed by the fragmented security environment.

In a new paper with CSIS Humanitarian Agenda, Senior Associate Kyle Murphy explores how to break down those barriers and provide an effective humanitarian response: bit.ly/SahelHumanitarian

Last week, CSIS and ONE hosted a virtual event focusing on the tough decisions African leaders are forced to make as the...
11/25/2020
Online Event: Impossible Choices: The Conundrum Facing African Governments in a Global Pandemic

Last week, CSIS and ONE hosted a virtual event focusing on the tough decisions African leaders are forced to make as the pandemic rages on. Our panelists discussed the opportunities and challenges African governments face and how they can navigate these impossible choices. Watch the entire event: bit.ly/ImpossibleChoices

The CSIS Africa Program and the ONE Campaign invite you to an event exploring challenges faced by African governments during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through a simulated experience, panelists will navigate key issues in a fictional scenario, with reality reflected in presented policy choices. As an au...

Cross-country trips introducing world leaders to U.S. ingenuity, diversity, and culture have been lost to history. A fai...
11/21/2020
Rediscovering America: Why African Leader Tours Benefit U.S. Foreign Policy

Cross-country trips introducing world leaders to U.S. ingenuity, diversity, and culture have been lost to history.

A failure to reimagine official visits by African leaders will mark a missed opportunity to boost stagnant trade and investment, reinvigorate cultural ties with the United States, and compete with U.S. adversaries who are more apt to shower African counterparts with high-level attention.

In a new commentary, Judd Devermont highlights the importance of reinvigorating innovative diplomatic engagement with African leaders. bit.ly/LeaderTours

In 1959, the U.S. government treated Guinean president Sékou Touré to an impressive show of U.S. diplomacy. As recounted by U.S. Ambassador to Guinea John Morrow, President Touré was brought on a 14-day trip across the United States that included a dinner hosted by President Eisenhower in his hon...

NEW: In the second episode of Race and Diplomacy, Travis Adkins and Judd Devermont sit down with Saron Tamerat, Hannah R...
11/20/2020
Race and Diplomacy: African Experiences in China

NEW: In the second episode of Race and Diplomacy, Travis Adkins and Judd Devermont sit down with Saron Tamerat, Hannah Ryder, and Guangzhi Huang. Following widespread condemnation of racism in Guangzhou earlier this year, they explore anti-blackness and what it means to be African in China.

Watch the episode: bit.ly/RDChina

Travis and Judd return for the second episode of #RaceandDiplomacy. This week, they discuss with an all-star panel the experience of Africans living abroad i...

Mozambique’s use of force against insurgents in Cabo Delgado, including the use of private military companies, is not an...
11/19/2020
Trajectory of Violence in Northern Mozambique Points to Long-term Security Challenge

Mozambique’s use of force against insurgents in Cabo Delgado, including the use of private military companies, is not an effective strategy to combat the growing conflict. Emilia Columbo builds upon CSIS’s scenarios for violence in the region and analyzes a new approach for Mozambique and its regional partners. bit.ly/MozambiqueLongTerm

This commentary provides an updated state of play and roadmap for the insurgency in northern Mozambique, outlined in the October 2019 CSIS report Northern Mozambique at a Crossroads: Scenarios for Violence in the Resource-rich Cabo Delgado Province . During the past year, the Ahlu Sunna wa Jama (ASW...

In a new white paper from CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies, Senior Associate Kyle Murphy explores obs...
11/18/2020
Security Fragmentation Hinders Humanitarian Response in the Sahel

In a new white paper from CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies, Senior Associate Kyle Murphy explores obstacles preventing an effective humanitarian response in the Sahel.

His country-by-country analysis provides an in-depth look at the state of armed conflict and humanitarian organizations in the region. Read his recommendations for a better response: bit.ly/SahelHumanitarian

Download the Report The humanitarian emergency in the Sahel is causing unprecedented suffering. Approximately 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger—the hardest hit countries in the region. The number of people facing acute hunger has tripled ...

Join CSIS and ONE at 10:00 a.m. ET today for an interactive webinar  on the impossible choices African leaders face duri...
11/18/2020

Join CSIS and ONE at 10:00 a.m. ET today for an interactive webinar on the impossible choices African leaders face during Covid-19. Kader Hassane, Diene Keita, and Rima Le Coguic join Gayle Smith and Judd Devermont to reinvigorate the conversation on debt and finance.

Register to attend the event: http://ow.ly/BQ9R50CnWNX

11/16/2020

On the latest episode of Into Africa, Maria Sarungi Tsehai shares her reactions to the U.S. election and discusses the future of U.S. policy on the continent. Plus Jason Stearns and Udo Jude Ilo discuss the latest on the #EndSARS movement, the DRC’s political troubles, and the conflict in Ethiopia. Listen: http://ow.ly/Tee450Cmazv

The anticipated removal of Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST) list provides a crucial opportunity for the ...
11/13/2020
Humanitarian Impacts of Sudan’s Removal from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List

The anticipated removal of Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST) list provides a crucial opportunity for the transitional government. How will delisting impact Sudan's humanitarian response?

In a new commentary, Judd Devermont and the CSIS Humanitarian Agenda team explore the potential for a more robust response from the Sudanese government and international partners.

Read their analysis: https://www.csis.org/analysis/humanitarian-impacts-sudans-removal-state-sponsors-terrorism-list

The anticipated removal of Sudan from the United States’ State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST) list is a crucial opportunity for Sudan’s transitional government. Navigating a tenuous power-sharing agreement between civilian and military authorities, the government has overseen substantial humanitari...

Nearly a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, many African governments do not have financial reserves and liquidity readily ...
11/12/2020
Online Event: Impossible Choices: The Conundrum Facing African Governments in a Global Pandemic

Nearly a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, many African governments do not have financial reserves and liquidity readily available to keep their economies afloat and tackle the virus. Step into the shoes of African finance ministers in a virtual, interactive event with CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies and ONE.

Join us next Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. ET to explore the policy choices African governments might have to make.

Register: bit.ly/ImpossibleChoices

Register Via Zoom This event will be a Zoom Webinar and has a limited number of available spots for live participants. Please register for this event through the registration button and you will receive an email with the details to watch the event live. The recording of this event will be posted on....

Following a viral video of a deadly shooting by Nigeria's Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Nigerians took to the stree...
11/10/2020
What's Happening with Nigeria's End SARS Protests

Following a viral video of a deadly shooting by Nigeria's Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Nigerians took to the streets to demand that the government abolish the SARS unit after decades of abuse.

The #ENDSARS protests spanned continents and have begun to evolve into wider calls for reform and civic change within Nigeria. Program Director Judd Devermont explains the rise of the movement, what it's achieved so far, where it can go from here, and what it means for the future of Nigeria.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEmrVvIbnFQ

On October 3, 2020, footage of a man being shot and killed by Nigeria's Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) went viral. The following days and weeks saw Nigeri...

In the seventh installment of Africa Reacts, top African analysts share their reactions to the U.S. presidential electio...
11/06/2020
Africa Reacts to the U.S. Presidential Election

In the seventh installment of Africa Reacts, top African analysts share their reactions to the U.S. presidential election.

Many noted that the election outcome would determine the fate of U.S. democracy for years to come, while others expressed shock at the closeness of the race and the willingness of many Americans to support a leader who has not prioritized human rights, climate change, anti-racism, and gender equality.

Read their thoughts: bit.ly/AfricaReacts7

In our “Africa Reacts” series, the CSIS Africa Program asks prominent African journalists, civil society activists, and thought leaders to share their analysis on the U.S. presidential election process. Sub-Saharan Africa has not featured prominently in presidential campaigns, but the outcome of...

11/05/2020

Nina Prieur discusses Prosper Africa's goal to increase trade and investment between the United States and Africa. Tune in to hear more on the opportunities and challenges that exist for increased private sector engagement in the African healthcare sector. Plus, Senegal's pandemic response and the oil spill in Mauritius.

Listen to the latest ep. of #IntoAfrica: bit.ly/IANCD

"U.S. policy toward Nigeria needs to change. The #EndSARS movement is a sharp reminder that Washington’s focus on core A...
11/04/2020

"U.S. policy toward Nigeria needs to change. The #EndSARS movement is a sharp reminder that Washington’s focus on core American values - good governance, respect for human rights, and shared prosperity - is slipping."

Judd Devermont and Matthew T. Page reflect on lessons from the #EndSARS movement and provide recommendations for improved U.S.-Nigeria relations.

Via allAfrica.com: https://allafrica.com/stories/202011021090.html

The Africa Program is excited to announce our newest affiliates. They bring a wealth of experience and diverse perspecti...
11/03/2020

The Africa Program is excited to announce our newest affiliates. They bring a wealth of experience and diverse perspectives to the team.

Hilary Matfess is a PhD candidate at Yale where she has conducted extensive research on the gendered dynamics of conflict. She is also a 2020-2021 USIP Peace Scholar Fellow. Learn more: bit.ly/CSISHM

Laird Treiber was a career member of the Senior Foreign Service in the Department of State. Most recently, he served as the State Department senior liaison for Prosper Africa. Learn more: bit.ly/CSISLT

In the latest edition of Talking Urban Futures, Judd Devermont, Rachel Locke, and Eric Apelgren press for inclusive and ...
11/01/2020
Developing Local Solutions: Urban Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

In the latest edition of Talking Urban Futures, Judd Devermont, Rachel Locke, and Eric Apelgren press for inclusive and holistic approaches to how urban stakeholders address violence and insecurity. The conversation also covers the impact of Covid-19 and implications of smart city tech. bit.ly/TUFUrbanViolence

In our fourth edition of Talking Urban Futures in Africa, Judd Devermont discusses urban violence and security challenges with Rachel Locke, director of Impact:Peace, and Eric Apelgren, a municipal official in Durban, South Africa. Rachel and Eric are pressing for new approaches to how urban stakeho...

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