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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  • 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...

  • John Rogers at the US-Africa Leaders Summit Welcome Dinner

    JOHN ROGERS SPEAKS AT THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL WELCOME DINNER FOR THE US-AFRICA LEADERS SUMMIT - Atlantic Council Chairman John F.W. Rogers delivered the opening speech at the Atlantic Council’s US-Africa Leaders Summit Welcome Dinner on December 12, 2022. African Heads of Delegation, led by H.E. Mac...

  • Vincent Biruta, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Rwanda

    A CONVERSATION WITH H.E. VINCENT BIRUTA, FOREIGN MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF RWANDA - Known as one of the countries which set up the most severe COVID-19 restrictions systems, Rwanda seemed to have achieved a solid economic recovery and have reconnected with the path of development. As a growing ...

  • Sahel Development Summit

    SAHEL DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT - It has been almost ten years since the beginning of the security crisis in the Sahel. In the throes of multiple insurgencies, Sahelian countries and their foreign allies seem to be aware of the limits of military containment. While the international community is working...

  • FOCAC 2021 readout: Chinese commercial footprint in African markets

    HIGH LEVEL READOUT ON FOCAC 2021: EXPERT VIEW ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE CHINESE COMMERCIAL FOOTPRINT IN AFRICAN MARKETS - The Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a high-level panel event on the outcomes of the 2021 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the evolution of the Chinese comme...

  • African economic recovery: The strategy of BOAD in a post-COVID-19 world

    AFRICAN ECONOMIC RECOVERY: THE STRATEGY OF BOAD IN A POST-COVID-19 WORLD - While international development organizations stress African resilience, what is the The West African Development Bank’s (BOAD’s) role? Will the capital increase of the bank be strong enough to support an efficient strateg...

  • US Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield

    AN AC FRONT PAGE CONVERSATION WITH US REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UN LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD - As a post-COVID-19 world emerges and the new US administration sets its foreign policy agenda, Africa stands as a land of opportunity. At the Africa Center, we are inspired by Africa’s prospects. Africa is th...

  • National Security Council Africa Senior Director Dana Banks

    A CONVERSATION WITH SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR AFRICA DANA L. BANKS - As a post-COVID-19 world emerges and the new US administration sets its foreign policy agenda, Africa stands as a land of opportunity. At the Africa Center, we are inspi...

  • Conversation with Mr. Patrick Achi, Ivory Coast Prime Minister

    CONVERSATION WITH PATRICK ACHI, THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE IVORY COAST - While international development organizations stress African resilience, this event took place during the Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister’s visit in Washington D.C. in March 2022. This event featured remarks from Prime Minister...

  • Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo Anatole Collinet Makosso

    A CONVERSATION WITH H.E. ANATOLE COLLINET MAKOSSO, PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF CONGO - With the IMF and World Bank Group Spring Meetings taking place from April 18th to the 22nd, 2022, the Africa Center has convened the timely “2022 Spring Meeting Dialogues,” raising African voices during t...

  • Situmbeko Musokotwane, Zambia Finance Minister

    A CONVERSATION WITH H.E. SITUMBEKO MUSOKOTWANE, ZAMBIA FINANCE MINISTER - With the IMF and World Bank Group Spring Meetings taking place from April 18th to the 22nd, the Africa Center has convened the timely “2022 Spring Meeting Dialogues,” highlighting African views during the strategic gatherin...

  • Alice Albright, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation

    A CONVERSATION WITH ALICE ALBRIGHT - For its inaugural #AroundThe2022Summit conversation, the Africa Center was thrilled to host Alice Albright, the CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), for a discussion held between the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (C...

  • Wavel Ramkalawan, President of the Republic of Seychelles

    FIRESIDE CONVERSATION WITH H.E. WAVEL RAMKALAWAN, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES - The Atlantic Council hosted H.E. President Wavel Ramkalawan of the Republic of Seychelles for a fireside conversation on political developments in the country on the margins of the US-Africa Leaders Summit...

  • The future of US-Africa trade

    THE FUTURE OF US-AFRICA TRADE - The Atlantic Council hosted Ambassador Katherine Tai, the 19th United States Trade Representative, and Secretary General Wamkele Mene of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), for a fireside chat about US-African engagement in the AfCFTA.
    This discussio...

  • A conversation with UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw

    A CONVERSATION WITH THE UNCCD EXECUTIVE SECRETARY IBRAHIM THIAW - The Africa Center is thrilled to host Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), for a conversation on the eve of the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the ...

  • Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

    A CONVERSATION WITH AKINWUMI ADESINA, PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK - As part of the IMF and World Bank Group Spring Meetings taking place from April 18th to the 22nd, the Africa Center has convened the timely “2022 Spring Meeting Dialogues,” highlighting African views during the stra...

  • Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima of Malawi

    A CONVERSATION WITH VICE PRESIDENT SAULOS KLAUS CHILIMA OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALAWI - On the occasion of the 2022 Spring Meeting Dialogues, this Africa Center discussion was moderated by director Amb. Rama Yade featuring H.E. Mr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, follo...

  • The transatlantic partnership in Africa

    THE TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP IN AFRICA - Organized by the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and Europe Center in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. This discussion featuring officials and experts served as a timely opportunity to engage in a high-level con...

  • Supporting climate resilience and a just energy transition in Africa

    SUPPORTING CLIMATE RESILIENCE AND A JUST ENERGY TRANSITION IN AFRICA - The African Economic Outlook 2022 report is finally here: The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is joining the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center to launch the new publication that aims to raise awareness about the devastati...

  • House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks

    A CONVERSATION WITH THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN GREGORY MEEKS - Just days before the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 and the opening of the seventy-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Atlantic Council hosted Congressman Gregory Meeks, chairman of the United St...

  • A conversation with Martin Fayulu

    A CONVERSATION WITH MARTIN FAYULU - This event featured Congolese political leader Martin Fayulu, who ran for president in 2018. It took place during a period rich in diplomatic events, between the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in September and the U.S.- Africa Leaders’ Summit in...