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.
Deciphering Disinformation in Africa
Disinformation operations in Africa are hidden in discretely coordinated social media campaigns. How can activists across the globe detect fake news and tackle these issues more coherently? In our 11th episode in partnership with African Arguments, Judd Devermont is joined by Elsie Eyakuze (The Mikocheni Report), Shelby Grossman (Stanford Internet Observatory), and Rose Jackson (Atlantic Council) to discuss the importance of people-to-people engagement in responding to disinformation. Guests also explore Covid-19 lockdowns in Nigeria and Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu's deviation from her predecessor's policies.
Ethiopian diaspora groups organize click-to-tweet Tigray campaigns amid information scarcity – Tessa Knight
Prominent Ugandan news websites implicated in government-aligned social media campaign – Tessa Knight and Alyssa Kann
The Politics of Order in Informal Markets: How the State Shapes Private Governance – Shelby Grossman
Slanted Narratives, Social Media, and Foreign Influence in Libya – Shelby Grossman et. al.
Blurring the lines of media authenticity: Prigozhin-linked group funding Libyan broadcast media – Shelby Grossman et. al.
Atlantic Council Digital Forensic Research Lab Newsletter
The Price of Peacekeeping
America spends more money on Halloween candy than on UN peacekeeping operations each year. What is the true value of these missions and how much in financial contributions are required to earn a seat at the table? Judd Devermont sits down with Paul-Simon Handy (Institute for Security Studies), Kate Almquist Knopf (Africa Center for Strategic Studies), and Chandrima Das (Better World Campaign) to discuss the state of peacekeeping in Africa. Guests also explore democracy and protests in Senegal and the UN’s decision to close its peacekeeping mission in Darfur.
Walking a Tightrope: The Transition from UNAMID to UNITAMS in Sudan - Daniel Forti
Five reasons why America needs to pay its peacekeeping bill - Hardin Lang and Victoria Holt
Investigative journalism in Africa is entering a golden age. What trends underpin new access to and the dissemination of hidden information? Judd Devermont is joined by journalists Micah Reddy (amaBhungane), Peter Murimi (BBC Africa Eye), and Khadija Sharife (OCCRP) to discuss the realities facing media houses today. Other topics include the recent explosions in Equatorial Guinea and attacks on the LGBTQ+ community in Ghana.
I am Samuel Film - Directed by Peter Murimi
Congo-Brazzaville Strongman Buys Secret Weapons Haul from Azerbaijan - Khadija Sharife and Mark Anderson
BBC Africa Eye: The Baby Stealers - Peter Murimi, Joel Gunter and Tom Watson
How does populism manifest itself in sub-Saharan Africa in comparison to other regions? As part of a special live episode with a class at the University of San Francisco, Judd Devermont is joined by Kathleen Klaus (University of San Francisco), Chiponda Chimbelu (Deutsche Welle), and Danielle Resnick (International Food Policy Research Institute) to discuss factors that enable populist leaders to gain political sway in Africa. Guests also unpack the strengths and weaknesses of Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and discuss Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s decision to run for a “third term,” as well as what it means for the democratic trajectory of the country.
Political Violence in Kenya: Land, Elections, and Claim-Making – Kathleen Klaus
There’s a long, troubling history behind the Capitol attack – Kathleen Klaus and Aditia Malik
Africa and the Biden Administration’s Summit for Democracy – Judd Devermont
Populism in Africa, The Oxford Handbook of Populism – Danielle Resnick
Africa on Africa
How do African media outlets portray politics, economics, and cultural life in their own countries and in the broader region? Aanu Adeoye (The Continent), Moky Makura (Africa No Filter), and Yinka Adegoke (Rest of World) join Judd Devermont for a lively discussion on how increased media coverage on Africa and a focus on human-interest stories can foster unity and drive continental potential. Guests also discuss the impact of Tanzanian President Magufuli’s previous denial of Covid-19, and Africa’s path to economic recovery over the next few years.
The country where Covid-19 doesn’t exist: Nothing to see here, says Tanzania’s president – The Continent
Unfinished Business: Magufuli’s Autocratic Rule in Tanzania – Marielle Harris
Africa’s diversified economies are set to rebound quicker than its extractive giants – Yinka Adegoke
How African Media Covers Africa – Africa No Filter
Beyond Strongly-Worded Statements
How do we go beyond rhetoric that rarely translates into concrete and strategic action? In our 10th episode in partnership with African Arguments, Judd Devermont is joined by Deborah Malac (former U.S. Ambassador to Uganda), Maria Burnett (CSIS), and Michael Mutyaba (African Arguments contributor) to discuss recommendations for foreign partners and donors in holding autocratic regimes accountable—beyond strongly-worded statements. Guests also delve into Uganda’s repressive elections and the deteriorating humanitarian conditions displacing millions in Ethiopia.
Uganda: How donors can go beyond “strongly-worded statements” – Michael Mutyaba (African Arguments)
Repression as Voters Weigh Museveni’s 34 Years – Maria Burnett
The Battle of Mekelle and Its Implications for Ethiopia – Judd Devermont