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


Balthasar Thinking Beyond Roadmaps Somalia

 Thinking Beyond Roadmaps in Somalia

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
Jennifer Cooke

Latest media clips

Voice of America (article): On Nigeria's new Russian arms deal and what it means for the country's relationship with the US
Jennifer Cooke

Vice (article): On Kenya, al-Shabaab, and the threat of war
Richard Downie

Reuters (article): On Burkina Faso and Africa's potential for a "Black Spring"
Jennifer Cooke

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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