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

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USAPM: Who Assassinated Thomas Sankara?

Africa Program

This week's policy monitor highlighted Burkina Faso’s former president, Thomas Sankara and the journey of his assassination 34 years later.

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29 June 2021

Africa Program

June 29, 2021

This week's USAPM takes a close look at the latest developments surrounding the backdrop behind Ethiopia's recent election, the implications of Ethiopia’s vote, and the international community’s reactions.

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USAPM: The Morocco and Algeria Dispute

Africa Program

This week's policy monitor examines the ongoing tensions between Morocco and Algeria and the fate of West Sahara.

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USAPM: Who Assassinated Thomas Sankara?

Africa Program

This week's policy monitor highlighted Burkina Faso’s former president, Thomas Sankara and the journey of his assassination 34 years later.

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USAPM: Africa Behind on COVID-19 Vaccinations

Africa Program

This week's policy monitor examines the availability and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the African continent.

The US must stop supporting ‘forever presidents’ in Africa

Philip Oke-Thomas

Africa Program

Despite aid and other commitments, democracy is backsliding among some key US-partners. Though the actions on January 6th in the U.S. Capitol highlighted the U.S.’s continued struggles with democracy at home, the United States can still be a champion for democracy abroad while mending its own democratic rift at home. To revitalize democracy in the 21st century, pressure must be put on authoritarians and forever presidents who seek to undermine democracy.

Secret Plans Detail Failures of U.S. Commandos in Africa

Temi Ibirogba quoted

Africa Program

“'The reported 43 percent spike in violent terrorist extremism on the continent points toward a lack of progress by the Special Operations Command Africa in degrading and disrupting terrorist groups,' Temi Ibirogba...told VICE World News. The fact that militant Islamist group violence increased during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when economic hardship and border closures should have constrained terrorist groups, she said, 'shows that SOCAFRICA did not effectively adapt their counterterrorism capability plan to reflect the changing dynamics of the world in 2020.'"

CIP President/CEO and Africa Program Director

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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.