AFRICA PROGRAM

CIP’s Africa Program tracks and analyzes U.S. foreign policy toward the nations of Africa. By informing policymakers, the media, scholars, NGOs and the public – both in the United States and Africa – about trends and issues related to U.S. foreign policy toward Africa, CIP seeks to promote greater positive U.S. engagement with the nations of Africa and with Africa’s regional and continental organizations.

U.S. Africa Policy Monitor

10 November 2020

Africa Program

November 10,2020

On Wednesday, November 4, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered military action against the government of Tigray, a northern region led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). In a statement released via Facebook, the Prime Minister accused TPLF of attacking the Ethiopian National Defense Forces base located in Tigray and said that he had given the military an order to launch an offensive attack. The worry of another civil war has gripped the nation as Tigray was put under a state of emergency for six months and airstrikes were carried out in parts of Tigray. In a country that’s already facing instability due to ethnic and inter-communal violence, the conflict in Tigray could destabilize the nation and worsen its fragile security.

27 October 2020

Africa Program

October 27, 2020

Over the past three weeks, the #EndSARS protests calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria have taken the country by the storm. Last Tuesday, the protests turned deadly after Nigerian security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, an upscale suburb of Lagos, killing at least 12 people. An Instagram Live streamed by DJ Switch and watched by over 100,000 people showed viewers what was happening on the ground and videos taken during the incident immediately started flooding social media, with #LekkiMassacre trending on Twitter.

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Biden Administration's US-Africa Foreign Policy Plan

Africa Program

Nov-20-2020

Biden has been a major proponent of a strategy he called “counterterrorism plus.” This approach emphasizes fighting terrorist networks in foreign countries using small groups of U.S. special forces and aggressive air strikes instead of large troop deployments. This strategy largely defined Obama’s policy in fighting jihadists and other militant groups around the world, including in Somalia, Libya and the Sahel.

Fact Sheet: African Elections Factsheet Series: Ivory Coast Presidential Elections

Africa Program

Oct-30-2020

In 2020, a significant number of elections are scheduled or have already taken place in Africa with a large number of them occurring in the last quarter of the year. The CIP Africa Program is tracking upcoming Q4 elections through a factsheet series for researchers, policymakers and the general public who are looking for the key facts surrounding these elections.

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U.S.-Funded Counterterrorism Efforts in West Africa Aren't Helping

Temi Ibirogba quoted

Dec-3-2020

Africa Program

“It’s clear that the U.S. counterterrorism plan for Africa in the wake of 9/11 is a foreign policy failure,” said Temi Ibirogba, the Program and Research Associate for the Africa Program at the Center for International Policy. “These trends mean we need to think about racism within U.S. foreign policy. American exceptionalism has caused the U.S. to believe that their involvement in arming and supporting local security forces is what Africa needs.”

It is essential, Ibirogba told VICE World News, to replace the counterterrorism security model with one rooted in holistic peacebuilding measures. “What is needed is a human security approach that addresses the multidimensional root causes of issues,” she said. “One that focuses on investing in African nations’s infrastructures, health care systems, mental health services, social welfare programs, businesses and more, rather than investing in their militaries and police forces who are guilty of gross human rights violations.”

Race and Foreign Policy – Militarized Foreign Policy

Salih Booker on the panel

Oct-19-2020

Africa Program

As our country undertakes a sustained national conversation about police brutality against Black Americans, we must also explore the way in which the U.S. perceives and responds to challenges emanating from communities of color abroad. This discussion, hosted by Foreign Policy for America, Colombe Foundation, and Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), will convene a panel of distinguished leaders to discuss the patterns and consequences of systemic racism in American foreign policy.

On International Safe Abortion Day: Why We Must Dismantle Laws and Policies That Deny People Access to Essential Abortion Services

Salih Booker quoted

Sept-28-2020

Africa Program

“The Helms amendment combines the racism and sex-based discrimination that is inherent in United States policy and inflicts the combined harm of both on women of color around the world that are reliant on health services funded by the US through limiting women's access to full reproductive healthcare. The goal of the Helms amendment, much like that of the Hyde amendment, is to advance an agenda that limits personal freedom and control of one's health — especially the freedom and health of women of color. Every woman, regardless of color and country, has the right to freedom of choice and to safe healthcare. Any attempt to undermine that freedom is nothing other than a cruel, racist, and sexist act seeking to continue global domination by a white, Western patriarchy.”

CIP President/CEO and Africa Program Director

Program and Research Associate

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About the Africa Program

CIP’s Africa Program tracks and analyzes U.S. foreign policy toward the nations of Africa. By informing policymakers, the media, scholars, NGOs and the public – both in the United States and Africa – about trends and issues related to U.S. foreign policy toward Africa, CIP seeks to promote greater positive U.S. engagement with the nations of Africa and with Africa’s regional and continental organizations. CIP works to increase the level of transparency in U.S. relations with Africa and to promote greater Congressional oversight with regard to policies concerning human rights and democracy, security cooperation, economic development, trade policies and other U.S. policies on global issues that impact the continent such as climate change and migration.

The Africa Program will produce occasional reports, articles and commentary; and also organize roundtable discussions and briefings to promote an informed debate about key U.S. policies toward Africa. CIP’s objective is to promote the demilitarization of U.S. Africa policy and to increase peaceful engagement through diplomacy and development cooperation to address regional and global challenges.

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