The core mission of the CSIS Africa Program is to conduct sustained and timely research and analysis on the major elements of U.S. policy toward Africa, with the aim of substantially shaping discourse in Congress, the executive branch, and among the broader policymaking community. The program also provides a platform to African opinion leaders and seeks to integrate African perspectives into the Washington policy dialogue.
Conducting research and analysis on major elements of U.S. policy toward Africa that is centrist and forward looking.
Elections have always been high-stakes affairs in Nigeria but the buildup to the 2015 elections has been accompanied by unprecedented levels of tension and anxiety. Two closely matched parties—the incumbent People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC)—appear so confident of securing victory they are convinced the only way they can lose is through fraudulent means. It is still possible for Nigeria to build upon the democratic progress made in 2011 but in order to do so, all the main stakeholders must perform with diligence, professionalism, integrity, and—above all—respect for the process.
This episode of The CSIS Podcast features Jennifer Cooke and Richard Downie, reporting from Nigeria's capital, as they discuss the country's struggles with containing Boko Haram and its upcoming presidential election.
With its mandate due to expire in 2016, the Federal Government of Somalia is in danger of missing a series of deadlines, agreed with the international community, to pass a permanent constitution and hold national elections. This report shows that state building is an inherently messy, elite-driven process that does not—and should not—follow a set path.
Hard Lessons from Burkina Faso : Commentary on the nation's recent political crisis
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Voice of America (article):  On Nigeria's new Russian arms deal and what it means for the country's relationship with the US
Vice (article):  On Kenya, al-Shabaab, and the threat of war
Reuters (article):  On Burkina Faso and Africa's potential for a "Black Spring"
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