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.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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AP WEEKLY MONITOR
May 4, 2021

U.S. Africa Policy Monitor May 4, 2021

Africa Program

This weeks Africa Policy Monitor captures India's second wave of COVID-19 cases and the repercussions of this for the continent of Africa. The reactive nature of African nations toward this crisis will be imperative to the health and the stability of the region. Find more on how Africa can address this health crisis in this weeks monitor!

U.S. Africa Policy Monitor May 4, 2021
AP WEEKLY MONITOR
April 27, 2021

U.S. Africa Policy Monitor April 27, 2021

Africa Program

This week's US-Africa Policy Monitor focuses on the death of Idriss Déby, Chad's longtime president. The lead item explores the details surrounding his passing, the transfer of power to his son, and what it all means for the future of the Chad.

U.S. Africa Policy Monitor April 27, 2021
ISSUE BRIEF
April 22, 2021

U.S. Security Assistance in the Sahel

by Elias Yousif and Nani Detti

This issue brief provides data on U.S. counter-terrorism expenditures in the Sahel through its security assistance program and describes why the current costly and militarized counter-terrorism strategy in the Sahel is failing.

U.S. Security Assistance in the Sahel

LATEST NEWS

March 18, 2021

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

Temi Ibirogba quoted

“'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.'"

March 3, 2021

Sudan's New Era of Diplomatic Engagement - Straight Talk Africa

Temi Ibirogba interviewed

"In this edition of Straight Talk Africa host Shaka Ssali reflects on some of the major developments in the Republic of Sudan. He is joined by Nureldin Satti, Ambassador of the Republic of the Sudan to the U.S., Temi Ibirogba, program and research associate for the Center for International Policy's Africa program, and John Tanza Mabusu, host and managing editor of VOA’s South Sudan in Focus."

March 15, 2021

WPFW's Monday Morning QB: Kidnappings in Nigeria

Temi Ibirogba interviewed

"Temi Ibirogba, Program and Research Associate at the Center for International Policy’s Africa Program and sub-editor for the Republic Journal, talks with reporter Chris Bangert-Drowns about the recent spate of kidnappings in Nigeria and why a typical government response could incentivize future attacks."

January 1, 2021

U.S. Begins Withdrawing Troops from Somalia, but Regional Hurdles Remain

Salih Booker Interviewed

"The military victory is out of the reach of the federal government. It's out of the reach of the U.S. government. But it's also unlikely that Al-Shabaab can achieve a decisive military victory. And, therefore, it's time to change the strategic goal to one of political reconciliation and peace negotiations."

EXPERTS

Salih Booker

President & CEO
Salih Booker

Temi Ibirogba

Program & Research Associate, Africa Program
Temi Ibirogba
  • Gordon Adams, Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center and professor in the U.S. Foreign Policy program at the School of International Service, American University

  • Amy Belasco, former Specialist for the Defense Budget of the Congressional Research Service

  • Neta Crawford, Professor and Department Chair of Political Science at Boston University

  • Matt Fay, former Director of Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Niskanen Center

  • Ben Friedman, Senior Fellow and Defense Scholar at Defense Priorities

  • Laicie Heeley, CEO of Inkstick, Host of Things That Go Boom

  • John King, Founder, King and Brown Company LLC

  • Larry Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and adjunct professor at Georgetown University

  • Lindsay Koshgarian, Program Director, National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies

  • Miriam Pemberton, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies

  • Mandy Smithberger, Director of the Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight

  • Col. Larry Wilkerson (Ret.), Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy, William & Mary

  • Col. Isaiah "Ike" Wilson (Ret.), director, Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College​

  • CIP Senior Associate Carl Conetta was a consultant to the project

ABOUT

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.