Security and Conflict

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Current Focus Areas

Africa’s security threats and U.S. approaches to preventing and mitigating conflict

The CSIS Africa Program seeks to understand current security threats, anticipate future risks of instability, and examine current U.S. and international security initiatives on the continent. Our research focus includes: mitigating conflict in Côte d'Ivoire, Sudan, Somalia, the DRC, and the Niger Delta; emerging transnational security threats including drug trafficking, terrorism, and piracy; and the consolidation of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). Current research projects are discussed in further detail below.



  • African Policemen in Station- Photo courtesy of Glenna Gordon based in Monrovia, Liberia

    The Africa Program seeks to highlight the urgent need for police reform in Africa and provide solutions for more capable, accountable, and professional African police forces.

  • The Africa Program assesses how the United States can best utilize the U.S. Africa Command in combination with civilian agencies to address security challenges in Africa.

  • Coat of Arms of Côte d'Ivoire

    The CSIS Africa program has assembled these resources to provide insight into the political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire and its aftermath.

  • Leaders Shaking Hands

    The Africa Program examines how the United States can promote good governance in East Africa while simultaneously confronting security threats in the region.

  • Examining key risks to instability in 10 African States 

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