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Fearless music activists. Savvy tech entrepreneurs. Social disrupters. Into Africa shatters the narratives that dominate U.S. perceptions of Africa. Host Judd Devermont, Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C., sits down with policymakers, journalists, academics and other trailblazers in African affairs to shine a spotlight on the faces spearheading cultural, political, and economic change on the continent.

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Fearless music activists. Savvy tech entrepreneurs. Social disrupters. Into Africa shatters the narratives that dominate U.S. perceptions of Africa. Host Judd Devermont, Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C., sits down with policymakers, journalists, academics and other trailblazers in African affairs to shine a spotlight on the faces spearheading cultural, political, and economic change on the continent.

    How the Gulf, India, and Japan Think about Africa

    How the Gulf, India, and Japan Think about Africa

    Diplomatic engagement is at an all-time high across Africa. How can multilateral cooperation effectively address challenges such as Covid-19 and regional security? Judd Devermont is joined by Payton Knopf (USIP), Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA), and Housam Darwisheh (Institute of Developing Economies) to discuss India, Japan, and the Gulf's approach to the continent, the current state of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and the dispute over the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. 

    Background Readings:


    A Strategic Framework to Improve Coronavirus Response in Africa - Judd Devermont and Nilanthi Samaranayake


    How a Tiny Indian Ocean Island Could Force a US-UK Rift - Nilanthi Samaranayake


    What’s Ahead for the Horn of Africa in 2020 - Payton Knopf

    • 38 min
    How Beijing Courts African Partners

    How Beijing Courts African Partners

    China's footprint in Africa extends beyond infrastructure projects and financing. How significant are the relationships spun between Chinese elites and their African counterparts? In our eighth episode with African Arguments, Shinovene Immanuel (The Namibian), Lina Benabdallah (CSIS), and John Culver (Former National Intelligence Officer) join host Judd Devermont for a conversation on Chinese engagement with Africans. Guests also discuss Namibia's fishrot corruption scandal and politics in Algeria.  

    Background Readings:


    Why Mali Needs a New Peace Deal - Judd Devermont and Marielle Harris


    Under the Radar: Summer Edition - Judd Devermont and Ryan Cummings


    The Spoils of the Fishrot (Part 1) - Shinovene Immanuel and Tutaleni Pinehas


    Swapo's 'golden children' - Shinovene Immanuel


    Shaping the Future of Power - Lina Benabdallah  


    China loans Africa much less than you think - Lina Benabdallah (African Arguments)

    • 34 min
    Confronting the History of U.S.-Africa Policy

    Confronting the History of U.S.-Africa Policy

    The last 70 years of U.S.-Africa policy is underscored by a bipartisan legacy of continuity. How can it evolve to meet new challenges and realities? Ambassador Hank Cohen (Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs), Dr. Elizabeth Schmidt (Loyola University Maryland), and Dr. Adebayo Oyebade (Tennessee State University) join Judd Devermont for a lively discussion on the past, present, and future of U.S. policy toward Africa. Guests also discuss the implications of President Ouattara's candidacy for a third term in Côte d'Ivoire and Nashville's historic African diaspora.

    Background Reading:


    Under the Radar: Summer Edition - Judd Devermont and Ryan Cummings


    Foreign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror - Elizabeth Schmidt


    Foreign Intervention in Africa after the Cold War: Sovereignty, Responsibility, and the War on Terror - Elizabeth Schmidt


    US Foreign Policy in Africa and the 21st Century - Adebayo Oyebade 


    US Policy Toward Africa: 8 Decades of Realpolitik - Hank Cohen


    A New U.S. Policy Framework for the African Century - Judd Devermont

    • 38 min
    La Françafrique n'est pas morte

    La Françafrique n'est pas morte

    France has complicated and often contentious relations with Francophone Africa. What is Françafrique and how has it evolved in recent years? Judd Devermont is joined by Rahmane Idrissa (African Studies Center in Leiden), Ambassador Jeff Hawkins (Former U.S. Ambassador to CAR), and Marielle Harris (CSIS) to discuss Françafrique's prominence in the region, Mali's worsening political crisis, and the Central African Republic’s upcoming presidential elections.

    Background Reading:

    Why Mali Needs a New Peace Deal - Judd Devermont and Marielle Harris

    • 34 min
    Great Power Debate

    Great Power Debate

    Since the start of the Trump Administration, the United States has identified strategic competition with China and Russia as a core objective in sub-Saharan Africa. Is great power competition the most constructive framework for formulating and implementing U.S. policies in sub-Saharan Africa? In this virtual CSIS debate event, Judd Devermont is joined by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili (Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative), Ken Ofori-Atta (Minister for Finance, Ghana), Gayle Smith (ONE Campaign), and Juan Zarate (Financial Integrity Network) to debate the opportunities and risks embedded in the great power competition concept and to explore how it evolves during a global pandemic.

    Online Event: CSIS Debate Series: Great Power Competition

    Debate Results

    • 45 min
    Covid Corruption

    Covid Corruption

    Critical sources of funding and supplies are flowing into the region to help the African governments battle the Covid-19 pandemic. But legacies of corruption are compromising the response efforts at a time when countries are at their most economically vulnerable. How can policymakers prevent and expose corruption, as well as implement systemic reform? Patrick Smith (Africa Report), Onyi Ough (Step Up Nigeria), and Matthew Page (Chatham House, CEIP, CDD West Africa) join Judd Devermont to discuss Covid-19, Angola's history of corruption, and Nigeria's growing political turmoil within the ruling All Progressives Congress. 
    Background Reading:


    Angolan Government Relying on Partner Assistance to Fight Covid-19 - Emilia Columbo (CSIS)


    Angola: on the trail of stolen billions - The Africa Report


    Coronavirus: Nigeria's 'Fiscal Flu' - Matthew Page (Chatham House)


    Dubai Property: An Oasis for Nigeria’s Corrupt Political Elites - Matthew Page (CEIP)


    Emeka's Money - Onyi Ough (Step Up Nigeria)

    • 32 min

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