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.
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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