Africa Center

Africa Center

The Africa Center works to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.

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  • Trailblazer Laureen Kouassi-Olsson invests in Africa's heritage fashion brands

    Meet Laureen Kouassi-Olsson, a trailblazing Franco-Ivorian executive with over a decade of experience investing in private companies and financial institutions on the African continent.

    Throughout her career, she has helped unlock capital flows and financial opportunities across Africa's privat...

  • The state of democracy in Africa

    THE STATE OF DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA - With over twenty elections expected across the African continent this year, democracy is on the ballot in 2024. Over the past four years, Africa has seen coups and military transitions across Gabon, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, Sudan, Mali and Sudan. These...

  • Chad’s prime minister on his country's civilian transition and role in Africa

    CHAD’S PRIME MINISTER ON HIS COUNTRY’S CIVILIAN TRANSITION AND ROLE IN AFRICA - The Atlantic Council hosted an #ACFrontPage conversation featuring Succès Masra, prime minister of the Republic of Chad. The unexpected appointment of Masra as the prime minister of Chad in January 2024 provoked mixed...

  • War in Sudan: Risks of prolonged conflict and regional instability

    WAR IN SUDAN: RISKS OF PROLONGED CONFLICT AND REGIONAL INSTABILITY - After nearly ten months of fighting in Sudan, civilians remain caught in the middle of devastating conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). As the crisis continues, global...

  • Nigerien designer Alphadi spotlights African fashion on the world-stage

    Meet Alphadi. Born in Timbuktu, Mali, and raised in Niger, Alphadi was apprenticed in couture as a child. His work has brought global attention to African textiles, histories, and artistry. Over the course of his career, he has opened several boutiques across the world, including in Morocco, the ...

  • AfriNEXT: A celebration of African creativity and innovation

    AFRINEXT: A CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION - It is time to reframe the narrative on African successes and innovation.

    High-level experts and innovators at AfriNEXT—a conference hosted by the Atlantic Council and global development company DAI— showcase the strong business case ...

  • African solutions at COP28: A turning point?

    AFRICAN SOLUTIONS AT COP28: A TURNING POINT? - Previous United Nations Climate Change Conferences, known as COPs, have failed to ensure adequate African representation. Yet African countries are working together swiftly to react to the increasing impacts of climate change—for example, Kenya hoste...

  • What to expect at COP28

    WHAT TO EXPECT AT COP28 - This year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) is the flagship global gathering for international negotiations on climate change in 2023.

    The COP28 platform comes at a pivotal moment for 2030 and 2050 climate goals. It marks a decision point for key actio...

  • Grammy-winning musician Mohombi inspires youth in Democratic Republic of Congo

    Meet Mohombi, a multi-talented Congolese artist using his musical gifts to inspire youth and build creative infrastructure in Africa. Born in Kinshasa, Mohombi began sharing his passion for singing, dancing, and writing at a young age. Despite his humble beginnings, he's awed by the impact his mu...

  • US Congressman John James: African artists are taking center stage

    There’s a new group of artists at center stage across the globe, according to US Congressman John James (R-MI).

    That group is comprised of African creators in arts, design, fashion, music, and more, James explained, arguing that the group has a “vital role” to play in the African continent’s fu...

  • Republican perspectives on US-Africa policy

    A VIEW FROM THE RIGHT: REPUBLICAN PERSPECTIVES ON US- AFRICA POLICY - The Africa Center is pleased to welcome former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce and former US Special Envoy for the Sahel Region J. Peter Pham, hosted by Africa Center Senior Director Rama Yade, for an event on...

  • Time for choices in Niger

    TIME FOR CHOICES IN NIGER - Niger and the international community face many choices on the direction of military intervention and governance. One month after the takeover of the Nigerien government by a military coup, many questions linger for the international community. This event seeks to draw...

  • The 2023 BRICS Summit: Africa in Action

    The Africa Center brings together leading African experts in Washington for a conversation examining Africa’s growing role on the geopolitical landscape, its increased agency in impacting global events, and the future of US-Africa relations in light of these advances. This event took place again...

  • Africa, BRICS, and the war in Ukraine

    STEPPING INTO FOCUS: AFRICA, BRICS, AND THE WAR IN UKRAINE - The 2023 BRICS Summit in South Africa and the recent trip to Kyiv and Moscow by a peace delegation of African leaders raise the question: What are African expectations around these international appearances? How will the continent step ...

  • Sudan crisis: Charting a path forward

    SUDAN CRISIS: CHARTING A PATH FORWARD - After two months of fighting in Sudan, civilians remain caught in the middle of the conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Targeting against non-combatants and a resurgence of violence in Darfur hav...

  • Green hydrogen for Africa

    GREEN HYDROGEN FOR AFRICA: OPPORTUNITIES AND OBSTACLES IN AFRICAN MARKETS - Although hydrogen energy is becoming an increasingly important decarbonization tool, the high financial costs and carbon intensity of its production present significant barriers to its widespread adoption.

    However green ...

  • Africa Day 2023

    For Africa Day 2023, Congresswoman Sara Jacobs and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar join the Africa Center’s Senior Director, Rama Yade, to discuss their visions and views on the current state of US-Africa relations and US policy towards Africa. This event serves as an opportunity to follow up on the rec...

  • Oulimata Sarr, Senegal’s Minister of Economy, Planning and Cooperation

    A CONVERSATION WITH SENEGAL’S MINISTER OF ECONOMY, PLANNING AND COOPERATION, OULIMATA SARR - As part of its annual dialogue series—held each year during the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings—the Africa Center, in cooperation with the GeoEconomics Center, hosted Senegalese Minister of Finance and...

  • Alamine Ousmane Mey, Cameroon’s Minister of Economy

    A CONVERSATION WITH CAMEROON’S MINISTER OF ECONOMY, ALAMINE OUSMANE MEY - As part of its annual dialogue series—held each year during the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings—the Africa Center, in cooperation with the GeoEconomics Center, hosted Cameroon’s Minister of Economy, Planning, and Regiona...

  • African perspectives on Bretton Woods

    AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES ON BRETTON WOODS AND URGENCY OF REFORMS IN 2023 - The 2023 Spring Meetings focused on reshaping development for a new era, which included discussions on reforms that could help the Bretton Woods monetary institutions better address development needs on the African continent. ...

  • Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley and Linda Thomas-Greenfield

    AC FRONT PAGE: BLACK TRAILBLAZERS IN FOREIGN POLICY - Since its founding sixty-two years ago, the Atlantic Council’s mission has been inclusion in a fundamental sense: helping Americans understand that they are part of a broader international community. This year during Black History Month, the A...

  • Free Markets and Global Development

    HOW FREE MARKETS SHAPE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT - One of the defining questions of our time is whether free markets or economies controlled by authoritarian regimes are better at delivering prosperity for their people.

    A panel of distinguished experts held a discussion on free markets and development ...

  • Russia’s security influence in Africa

    RUSSIA’S INFLUENCE IN AFRICA, A SECURITY PERSPECTIVE - On Tuesday, February 21, 2023, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and the Policy Center for the New South, in collaboration with the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center, hosted a twin report launch event for Russia’s influence in Africa on the...

  • Judd Devermont on the next steps in US-Africa relations

    A CONVERSATION WITH JUDD DEVERMONT, SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES - On February 16, the Africa Center hosted Special Assistant to the US President and National Security Council Senior Director for African Affairs, Judd Devermont, for a conversation on the next steps in U...