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

04 August 2020

Africa Program

August 4, 2020

Tens of thousands of protesters in Mali have taken to the streets in recent weeks to demand that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita step down. Disputed elections, islamist violence, corruption and a struggling economy hard-it by insurgency and the COVID-19 pandemic are the main reasons behind the protests that have plunged the country into turmoil.

28 July 2020

Africa Program

July 28, 2020

Following Prime Minister Coulibaly’s death, Ivory Coast’s ruling party said on Monday it had asked President Alassane Ouattara to stand for a third term. Ouattara, 78, had said he would step down and named his close ally, Prime Minister Coulibaly, as the RHDP party’s candidate for the Oct. 31 ballot. But Coulibaly’s death on July 8, has left the party without a candidate in the run-up to an election that is expected to test political stability in the world’s top cocoa producing nation.

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Situation Tracker: Nigeria: Boko Haram

Africa Program

Jul-29-2020

Boko Haram (BH), also known as Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-jihad advocates for a version of islam which makes it forbidden for Muslims to partake in activities associated with the West, an effort to create and non-western state and rule by Sharia law. It has conducted attacks on religious and political groups, civilians, and police in Northern Nigeria.

Issue Brief: What Does Coronavirus Mean for Africa's Economy?

Africa Program

Jul-27-2020

COVID-19 is the most severe international crisis the world has faced in
decades. The pandemic has been slow to reach African nations but the
World Health Organization warns that it could result in over 10 million
severe cases in the next six months and 300,000 deaths.

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Morufat Bello ’20 pursues her passion for politics on a global scale

Africa Program Intern Morufat Bello profiled

Jul-8-2020

Africa Program and Interns

The summer before her junior year, Bello interned for Rep. Jim McGovern. The experience gave her a solid foundation in politics and allowed her to engage with a number of issues she’s passionate about, including immigration. The following year, she interned at the International Institute of New England in Boston, where she helped resettle refugees to the United States and worked with people who had been granted asylum, helping them to locate resources, enroll in ESL classes, and job train. This summer, she is interning at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for International Policy, where she works in the Africa Program, researching U.S. foreign policy toward Africa.

America’s Disdain for Black Lives Extends to Africa

by Salih Booker

Jun-12-2020

Africa Program

Increased militarization on the continent under Trump is part of a long history of institutionalized racism in U.S. foreign policy.

Exclusive: The US military’s plans to cement its network of African bases

Salih Booker quoted

May-1-2020

Africa Program

“The plans, whether they materialise or not, seem to indicate that the Pentagon is interested in expanding its infrastructure in Africa, for drone ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] and drone warfare, as well as training camps and lily-pad bases for increasing the US capacity to project force in key regions, the Horn of Africa, East Africa and the Sahel,” said Salih Booker, the president and chief executive of the Center for International Policy in Washington DC.

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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