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.

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ISSUE BRIEF

Biden Administration's US-Africa Foreign Policy Plan

Africa Program

Biden has been a major proponent of a strategy he called “counterterrorism plus.” This approach emphasizes fighting terrorist networks in foreign countries using small groups of U.S. special forces and aggressive air strikes instead of large troop deployments. This strategy largely defined Obama’s policy in fighting jihadists and other militant groups around the world, including in Somalia, Libya and the Sahel.

Biden Administration's US-Africa Foreign Policy Plan
ISSUE BRIEF

Issue Brief: U.S. Security Sector Assistance (SSA) to Nigeria

by Temi Ibirogba and Elias Yousif

In October 2020, peaceful Nigerian protestors faced violent crackdowns from the Muhammadu Buhari administration during nationwide protests. The #EndSARS movement seeks to end police brutality and bad governance in the country. The United States has provided security sector assistance (SSA) to the Nigerian military and police for many years. This issue brief looks at the trends in U.S. assistance to Nigeria since FY2001. CIP’s Security Assistance Monitor has provided the data which demonstrates the magnitude of the U.S. role.

Issue Brief: U.S. Security Sector Assistance (SSA) to Nigeria
FACT SHEET

Fact Sheet: African Elections Factsheet Series: Ivory Coast Presidential Elections

Africa Program

In 2020, a significant number of elections are scheduled or have already taken place in Africa with a large number of them occurring in the last quarter of the year. The CIP Africa Program is tracking upcoming Q4 elections through a factsheet series for researchers, policymakers and the general public who are looking for the key facts surrounding these elections.

Fact Sheet: African Elections Factsheet Series: Ivory Coast Presidential Elections

LATEST NEWS

Race and Foreign Policy – Militarized Foreign Policy

Salih Booker on the panel

As our country undertakes a sustained national conversation about police brutality against Black Americans, we must also explore the way in which the U.S. perceives and responds to challenges emanating from communities of color abroad. This discussion, hosted by Foreign Policy for America, Colombe Foundation, and Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), will convene a panel of distinguished leaders to discuss the patterns and consequences of systemic racism in American foreign policy.

Virtual Palestine Advocacy Days - Day 2

Salih Booker on the panel

As part of American Muslims for Palestine's first-ever Virtual Palestine Advocacy Days, six members of congress spoke to our audience: Reps. Betty McCollum, Rashida Tlaib, Donald Payne, Jr., Debbie Dingell, Judy Chu, and André Carson; along with an amazing lineup of speakers, including Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Rasha Mubarak, Salih Booker, Josh Ruebner, and our very own Dr. Osama Abuirshaid and Dr. Hatem Bazian.

On International Safe Abortion Day: Why We Must Dismantle Laws and Policies That Deny People Access to Essential Abortion Services

Salih Booker quoted

“The Helms amendment combines the racism and sex-based discrimination that is inherent in United States policy and inflicts the combined harm of both on women of color around the world that are reliant on health services funded by the US through limiting women's access to full reproductive healthcare. The goal of the Helms amendment, much like that of the Hyde amendment, is to advance an agenda that limits personal freedom and control of one's health — especially the freedom and health of women of color. Every woman, regardless of color and country, has the right to freedom of choice and to safe healthcare. Any attempt to undermine that freedom is nothing other than a cruel, racist, and sexist act seeking to continue global domination by a white, Western patriarchy.”

Exclusive: Inside the Secret World of US Commandos in Africa

Temi Ibirogba quoted

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.

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Salih Booker

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Temi Ibirogba

Program & Research Associate, Africa Program
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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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