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.
October 19, 2021
USAPM: Who Assassinated Thomas Sankara?
This week's policy monitor highlighted Burkina Faso’s former president, Thomas Sankara and the journey of his assassination 34 years later.
September 21, 2021
USAPM: France neutralizes ISIS Leader in the Sahel
This week's policy monitor examines the death of ISIS Leader, Abu Walid Al-Sahrahwi, by airstrike conducted by France's Barkhane military operation last month.
July 19, 2021
The US must stop supporting ‘forever presidents’ in Africa
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.
August 11, 2021
Fake News and Vaccine Hesitancy
Temi Ibirogba interviewed
"Of course, social media creates opportunities for disinformation and misinformation, but I think this is where the social media companies' regulatory bodies should come in. ... The technology clearly does exist to monitor these types of things."
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.'"
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
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.