Africa Program

Photo courtesy of Glenna Gordon based in Monrovia, Liberia

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.

Recent Highlights

Latest media clips

International Business Time (article): On China sending UN troops to South Sudan
Jennifer Cooke

Mother Jones (article): On deploying US troops to fight Ebola in Africa
Jennifer Cooke

The Christian Science Monitor (article): On Kenya's role in the African energy boom
Jennifer Cooke

The Daily Mail (article): The latest on Boko Haram
Richard Downie

Africa in the Wider WorldAfrica in the Wider World

In this collection of essays, regional and functional experts from
CSIS consider Africa’s current place in the world including trade
and investment, peace and security, and democracy and good


Africa at a Crossroads

This report highlights examples of progress and positive collaboration between corporate and public actors and identifies areas where African governments can do more to make the most of current economic opportunities.

Current Projects and Focus Areas

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    Supported by the Ford Foundation, the series will bring Nigerian officials, civil society activists, and opinion leaders to Washington, D.C. to engage with U.S. policymakers and Africa experts on how best to ensure that Nigeria's upcoming elections are peaceful, credible, and free.

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    Supported by Luce Foundation, this project examines the ways in which the religious and political spheres intersect in African contexts.

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    The CSIS Africa Program is undertaking four high-level Africa Energy Forums to examine new energy trends in Africa.

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    The Resilient Africa Network (RAN) is a partnership with Makerere University, Tulane University, and Stanford University focusing on identifying and supporting sources of resilience in various African communities.

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    Current areas of focus of the CSIS Africa Program

  • Completed projects, past events, and publications from the CSIS Africa Program

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