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

07 April 2020

Africa Program

April 7, 2020

As African COVID-19 cases begin to increase, the number one cause for concern is the continent’s weak healthcare infrastructure and a lack of resources overall to combat the coronavirus.

31 March 2020

Africa Program

March 31, 2020

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Africans are providing global leadership, experience-based knowledge and innovative thinking as the continent mounts its own defense and joins the international campaign for cooperation to defeat COVID-19.

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Factsheet: Black History Month-Pan-Africanism

Africa Program

Feb-27-2020

This month we honor people of African descent that have kept the flame of Africa alive in the U.S. while making significant contributions to the global Pan-African movement. This fact sheet highlights the accomplishments of some pioneers of the movement as well as some lesser known Keepers of the Flame. This was created by Darren Harvey, Temi Ibirogba and Salih Booker of CIP's Africa Program.

Briefing: The African Ban

Africa Program

Feb-07-2020

This briefing takes a look at how the 2020 travel ban, annouced on 31 January, affects African nations. President Trump expanded his 2017 travel ban by placing restrictions on half a dozen additional countries including Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, along with Tanzania, Eritrea and Sudan. 25% of Africa’s population will be affected by this ban including the continent’s most populous country and largest economy. The travel ban expansion contradicts the Trump administration’s policy initiative, Prosper Africa, which is meant to increase economic ties with the African continent as a way of competing with Russian and Chinese influence.

Latest News

African Women Weigh the Costs of the #MeToo Movement

by Darren Harvey

Apr-3-2020

Africa Program

Ghanaian feminist activist, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah said, “the reasons why women aren’t motivated to speak up…is because the cost of doing so is too high…when it brings no justice.” This may help explain why the #MeToo movement hasn’t had the same viral reach in African countries as it did in the US.

Pentagon's Own Map of U.S. Bases in Africa Contradicts Its Claim of “Light” Footprint

William Hartung and Temi Ibirogba quoted

Feb-27-2020

Arms & Security Program and Africa Program

“The U.S. military should be considering alternative approaches like better coordination with African regional and continental organizations and encouraging African governments to consider negotiations in certain cases."

Temi Ibirogba delves into the implications of the Trump Administration's new travel ban

Temi Ibirogba interviewed

Feb-10-2020

Africa Program

Temi talks CGTN's Rachelle Akuffo spoke with about the implications of the Trump Administration's latest travel ban.

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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