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

22 September 2020

Africa Program

September 22, 2020

The U.S. military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) is seeking authority to carry out drone strikes in Kenya, to target Al-Shabab fighters. This could permit AFRICOM “to expand the counterterrorism drone war” into Kenya. The latest news indicates that U.S. military operations are not likely to diminish anytime soon. While the U.S. military has claimed to have a “light” foot-print across the continent, its expansive counter-terrorism operations and the number of its military bases say otherwise.

15 September 2020

Africa Program

September 15, 2020

In places like Lebanon, where economic mismanagement, corruption and overspending has led to an economic crisis, African migrant workers are being abandoned in the most brutal manner as employers are unable to pay their wages due to the depreciation of the Lebanese pound. Ethiopian migrant workers, who make up the majority of domestic workers in Lebanon, are being left in the streets by their employers and forced to camp outside the Ethiopian consulate in Beirut with no money to return home. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), under the Kafala (sponsorship) system, “a migrant worker’s immigration status is legally bound to an individual employer or sponsor (kafeel) for their contract period. The migrant worker cannot enter the country, transfer employment nor leave the country for any reason without first obtaining explicit written permission from the kafeel.” The sponsorship system, therefore, allows thousands of African domestic workers to be exploited and abused, with no one to turn to for help.

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Situation Tracker: Mozambique

Africa Program

Aug-17-2020

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.

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Temi Ibirogba quoted

Aug-10-2020

Africa Program

Temi Ibirogba, a programme and research associate with the Africa Program at the Center for International Policy, warned that training, equipping and assisting the militaries of nations accused of human rights violations empowers them and provides justifications for abuses. “If the most powerful democratic nation in the world is supporting your military, you’ll surely believe that the human rights violations you’ve committed are excusable,” she told the M&G.

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.

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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