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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.

    In Hot Water

    In Hot Water

    Rising temperatures across the globe will have profound consequences for Africa’s oceans and the people that are dependent on them for their livelihoods. How can countries work together in order to mitigate the effects of climate change? Max Bearak (Washington Post), Nina Forgwe (British High Commission in Cameroon) and Whit Saumweber (CSIS) join host Judd Devermont to discuss local and international community responses. Also, guests review how governments are reacting to the Covid-19 pandemic and the upcoming year for the diplomatic initiative: G7++ Friends of Gulf of Guinea Group. 

    Background Reading:


    A Crisis in the Water is Decimating This Once-Booming Fishing Town  by Max Bearak and Chris Mooney


    COVID-19 Is an African Political Crisis as Much as a Health and Economic Emergency  by Judd Devermont and Eric Olander

    • 34 min
    Partner of Choice

    Partner of Choice

    African militaries are working with the U.S., China, Russia, and others in order to address their security concerns. In an increasingly crowded space, are Africans looking for a partner of choice or a choice of partners? Host Judd Devermont sits down with Katie Bo Williams (Defense One), Ryan Cummings (Signal Risk) and Jonah Victor (Author) to discuss African views on U.S. and foreign security assistance. Guests also review Malian President Keita’s negotiations with extremist leaders and the wave of vigilante violence in Zambia.

    Background Reading


    African Security: An Introduction - Jonah Victor and John Siko


    Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa - Luise White


    Social media claims about Zambia gas attacks linked to riots, lynchings - AFP

    • 32 min
    In Courts We Trust?

    In Courts We Trust?

    What is the role of the courts in ensuring that elections are free and fair? Are African courts becoming more independent? In our fifth episode with African Arguments, Jimmy Kainja (academic), Marti Flacks (former NSC Director for Africa), and Carl LeVan (American University), join Judd Devermont to explore recent developments in how elections are conducted. Guests also discuss the nullification of election results in Malawi and Kenya, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé’s fourth term and more.
     
    Background Reading


    Malawi court orders fresh elections. What now? by African Arguments


    The Game Has Changed: Rethinking the U.S. Role in Supporting Elections in Sub-Saharan Africa by Judd Devermont


    The opposition playbook for discrediting elections and its risks by African Arguments


    How to Rig an Election by Nic Cheeseman

    • 33 min
    The Future of African Studies

    The Future of African Studies

    Africa plays a major role in world affairs and will gain in prominence in the coming decades. How should the U.S. support African studies programs to develop the next generation of Africa experts? This special episode was recorded live at The Elliott School of International Affairs. Judd Devermont is joined by Ambassador Reuben Brigety II (The Elliot School); Jennifer Cooke (The Elliot School’s Institute for African Studies) and Professor Mohammed Camara (Howard University) to discuss the future of African studies. Also, Trump’s travel ban on Nigeria, Sudan, Eritrea, and Tanzania and President Ramaphosa’s new role as African Union Chair.
    Background Reading:

    Trump trashes Nigeria and bans its immigrants. Nigerians love him for it. – Adaobi Nwaubani, The Washington Post

    • 38 min
    Bringing African Legislatures Back In

    Bringing African Legislatures Back In

    How have African legislatures evolved and how do they shape political competition across the continent? Ken Opalo (Georgetown University), Janette Yarwood (U.S. House of Representatives), and Tyler Beckelman (U.S. Institute of Peace) sat down with Judd Devermont to explore new approaches to strengthening legislative institutions. Guests also weigh in on the agenda behind Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative and the ongoing Anglophone conflict in Cameroon.
    Background Reading:


    Legislative Development in Africa: Politics and Postcolonial Legacies by Ken Opalo


    Cameroon Must Make Concessions to End the Anglophone Crisis by Ken Opalo and Claire Hazbun

    Congressional Letter to His Excellency Paul Biya

    What to Watch in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2020

    • 30 min
    City of Immigrants

    City of Immigrants

    Most migrants stay in Africa, settling in a neighboring country rather than traveling to Europe. How is this shaping demographic and urbanization trends in Africa? Host Judd Devermont is joined by Abdi Nor Iftin (Author), Erol Yayboke (CSIS), and Beza Tesfaye (Mercy Corps) to discuss Abdi’s book ‘Call Me American: A Memoir.’ Also on this episode; guests discuss South Sudan’s fragile peace deal and humanitarian challenges, plus the threat of Al Shabaab in Somalia.
     
    Background Reading


    Call Me American: A Memoir by Abdi Nor Iftin


    A Short Window to Resuscitate South Sudan’s Ailing Peace Deal by Crisis Group


    Trends in Forced Migration Report by Erol Yayboke


    Critical Choices Report by Mercy Corps

    • 39 min

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