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July 9, 2024

Upcoming Events
Launch of Afrobarometer Flagship Report on Democratic Trends in Africa, July 17, 6:00am EDT (Afrobarometer)

South Africa’s New Government of National Unity: Optics for Global Relations, July 29, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California, Capitol Campus)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
The Right Way for America to Counter Russia in Africa: Help Democracies—and Let Moscow’s Appeal Fade in Autocracies, by Frederic Wehrey & Andrew S. Weiss (Foreign Affairs)

Continent At-Large
Biden Administration Plans Major Cuts to AIDS Relief Programs in Africa, by Carmen Paun (Politico)

What Does the West Invest in Africa?, by Eddy Micah, Cai Nebe, Isaac Kaledzi (DW)

‘Every Place I Go, It’s All About China’: Former US Diplomats Sound Alarm on Africa, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Combating Extremism In Africa: A Multidimensional Approach, by Simon Hutagalung (Eurasia Review)

Central Africa/Sudans
US Under Growing Pressure to Take Action Against UAE in Sudan, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Will Botched State Department Diplomacy Lead to a Third Congo War?, by Michael Rubin (The National Interest)

Statement from NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson Welcoming the Humanitarian Truce in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (The White House)

US Sought Congo Mines Deal for Swiss Trader Mercuria, by Harry Dempsey & Tom Wilson (Financial Times)

The United States Provides More Than $57 Million in Humanitarian Assistance for South Sudan (U.S. Agency for International Development)

“Stronger Together”: U.S. and Congolese Bands Unite for Joint Tour in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire (AFRICOM)

East Africa/Horn
Biden Warns Graft Hampering American Investments in Kenya, by Brian Ngugi (The Standard)

North Africa
Chinese Firms Eye Morocco as Way to Cash in on US Electric Vehicle Subsidies, by Sam Metz (Associated Press)

Morocco Offers US Chance to Catch Up with China in Green Energy Space, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Morocco, US Aim to Revamp Trade Pact at Washington Meeting, by Mahamadou Simpara (Morocco World News)

Southern Africa
What’s Next for South Africa’s Foreign Policy, by John Matisonn (Responsible Statecraft)

New South African Government Likely to Continue Anti-Israel, Anti-U.S. Policies, by David May & Toby Dershowitz (Foundation for the Defense of Democracies)

South Africa and the United States of America to Deepen Bilateral Ties (The Presidency, Republic of South Africa)

Readout of President Joe Biden’s Call with President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa (The White House)

Biden Congratulates Ramaphosa on Re-Election and Forming the GNU, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

Biden, Facing Tempest At Home, Devotes Time To S.Africa Leader (Agence France Presse)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with South African Foreign Minister Lamola (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
US Says Troops Are Leaving Niger Bases This Weekend and in August After Coup, by Lolita C. Baldor (Associated Press)

US to Complete Withdrawal from Niger Base Sunday (Voice of America)

Joint Statement from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of National Defense of the Republic of Niger (AFRICOM)

The US Is No Saviour of the Sahel, by Kim Heller (The African)

National Elections in Mauritania (U.S. Department of State)

US Backs Elite Drugs Squad in Lagos (Africa Intelligence)

Recent Events
South Africa’s Foreign Policy Future Under the GNU, July 4, 4:00am EDT (Institute for Security Studies)

July 2, 2024


Upcoming Events
South Africa’s Foreign Policy Future Under the GNU, July 4, 4:00am EDT (Institute for Security Studies)

Launch of Afrobarometer Flagship Report on Democratic Trends in Africa, July 17, 6:00am EDT (Afrobarometer)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Africa Needs More American Involvement—Not Less, by Judd Devermont (Foreign Affairs)

Continent At-Large
The Illogic of Doubling Down on a Failed Approach: Security Assistance and Terrorism in Africa, by Dennis Jett (Modern War Institute)

U.S. Military Courts New Partners in Africa After Major Setbacks, by Robbie Gramer (Foreign Policy)

Expanding Extremist Groups in Africa Fuel Worries That They Could Attack the US or Western Allies, by Lolita C. Baldor (Associated Press)

African Leaders Focus on Enhancing Regional Security, by David Vergun (U.S. Defense of Defense)

Ex‑Congressman’s Firm Lobbies for African Governments in Exile, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

US-China Rivalry in Asia and Africa: Lessons from the Cold War, by Gregg Brazinsky (United States Institute of Peace)

From Greenfield Projects to Green Supply Chains: Critical Minerals in Africa as an Investment Challenge, by Aubrey Hruby (Atlantic Council)

America’s International Public Health Plan Is Too Focused on Americans, by Jess Craig (Vox)

How Texan Bull Semen Is Transforming African Agriculture, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Central Africa/Sudans
John James, Colin Allred Introduce Resolution Recognizing Genocide in Sudan (Office of Representative John James)

Chad: Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno in Moscow’s Sights, by Mathieu Olivier (The Africa Report)

East Africa/Horn
Washington Fails to ‘Read the Room’ in Kenya, by Robbie Gramer (Foreign Policy)

Kenya’s Crisis Shows the Urgency of African Poverty, Corruption, Debt, by Johnnie Carson (United States Institute of Peace)

Billionaire Ex-EBay CEO Meg Whitman Is Behind Biden’s Kenya Bet, by Neil Munshi & David Herbling 

Amnesty International USA Reaction to the Biden Administration’s Response to Protests in Kenya (Amnesty International)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Kenyan President William Ruto (U.S. Department of State)

Risch, McCaul Issue Statement on Lack of Security Forces in Kenya as Security Forces Arrive in Haiti (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Microsoft AI Deal With UAE’s G42 at Risk Over National Security Fears, by Mark Bergen, Mackenzie Hawkins, Dina Bass, Ben Bartenstein (Bloomberg)

Can Somalia Avoid an Afghanistan-Like Fate? A US General Weighs In (Garowe Online)

North Africa
Countering Chinese and Russian Influence in North Africa, by Joey Hood, Anna Borshchevskaya, Ben Fishman, Grant Rumley (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

Southern Africa
US House of Representatives Legislates for a Review of America-South Africa Relations, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

Democratic Congresswoman Blasts Republican Colleague John James for Treating SA as a ‘Colony’, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

American Pork Exports Deserve Full Access in South Africa, by Randy Feenstra & Greg Murphy (AgriPulse)

U.S.-Africa Trade Desk Secures $56 Million South African Table Grape Deal, Benefiting US Consumers and Boosting US-Africa Trade (Prosper Africa)

US Denies Zimbabwe’s Claims It Is Militarizing Zambia, by Columbus Mavhunga (Voice of America)

West Africa
With Niger Exit, US Intelligence Dims on Growing West Africa Insurgencies, by Phil Stewart (Reuters)

Africa’s Sahel Is ‘Less Safe’ After Troop Withdrawal: AFRICOM Commander, by Agnes Helou (Breaking Defense)

US Partners with Togo to Reinforce Country’s Resilience, Natural Disaster Response, by Christopher Gardner (U.S. Army)

Recent Events
2024 Carnegie Africa Forum, June 27, 9:30am EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

War in Sudan: Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity in West Darfur, June 27 1:00pm EDT (Atlantic Council)

Reconsidering the Response to Coups in West Africa, June 28, 6:00am EDT (Institute for Security Studies)

Check out Localising U.S-Africa Trade: Resurgence Conference Durban (CNBC Africa) & The United States Losing Influence In Africa To China And Russia (The Fox News Rundown, Fox News)

June 25, 2024

Upcoming Events
2024 Carnegie Africa Forum, June 27, 9:30am EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

War in Sudan: Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity in West Darfur, June 27 1:00pm EDT (Atlantic Council)

Reconsidering the Response to Coups in West Africa, June 28, 6:00am EDT (Institute for Security Studies)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Time to Terminate US Counter-Terrorism Programs in Africa, by Gordon Adams (Responsible Statecraft)

Continent At-Large
Major American Military Conference Comes to Botswana as Russia and US Tussle Over Africa, by Lenin Ndebele (News24)

Africa Defense Chiefs to Gather in Botswana for US Military Conference, by Mqondisi Dube (Voice of America)

AFRICOM Hosting Chiefs of Defense Conference as US Forced from Niger, Chad, by Agnes Helou (Breaking Defense)

US Struggles with Shaky Relations and Troop Cuts in African Nations as Military Leaders Meet, by Lolita C. Baldor (Associated Press)

US Military Looks for West Africa ‘Plan B’ After Niger Ousting, by Phil Stewart (Reuters)

Top US General Says Islamic Jihadist Terrorism in Africa Has Soared Tenfold Over 26 Years, by Paul Tilsley (Fox News)

Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism through Policing in Africa, by Meressa Kahsu Dessu (Wilson Center)

Terrorism and Cyber Fraud Targeted as FBI Chief Lands in Africa (Africa Confidential)

Year After Failed Mutiny, Russia Tightens Grip on Wagner Units in Africa, by Elian Peltier (The New York Times)

The New Cold War: What Africa’s Political Shifts Mean for US Influence, by Bianca Bridger (Atlas News)

South Africa, Ethiopia Under Fire as US Launches Annual AGOA Review, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Four Key Moments: Hearing on the Future of Trade with Sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, and Other Nations (House Ways and Means Committee)

Trump’s Second Term: A Boon for China’s Dominance in Africa?, by Ismail D. Osman (Modern Diplomacy)

Central Africa/Sudans
Why Is the White House Silent on Sudan? 150,000 People Dead, Famine Looms but Biden’s Spokesman Can’t Cope with Questions and the President Hasn’t Issued a Statement in a Year, by Rob Crilly (Daily Mail)

Why Washington Is Offering Dan Gertler a $300 Million Deal, by Margaux Guillot (The Africa Report)

The U.S. Government Announces Grant to Promote Investment Opportunities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Minerals Sector (U.S. Agency for International Development)

East Africa/Horn
Islamic State in Somalia Poses Growing Threat, US Officials Say, by Carla Babb, Harun Maruf, Jeff Seldin (Voice of America)

New U.S. Ambassador Arrives in Somalia Amidst Rising Al-Shabaab Threat (Garowe Online)

Memorandum on the Designation of Kenya as a Major Non-NATO Ally (The White House)

Kenya to Host Second US-African Nuclear Summit, by John Mutua (The East African)

Obama’s Half-Sister Teargassed Live on Air While Protesting in Kenya, by Larry Madowo & Stephanie Busari (CNN)

From Nobel Peace Prize to Civil War: How Ethiopia’s Leader Beguiled the World, by Tom Gardner (The Guardian)

North Africa
Has the West Learned to Work with Tunisia?, by Sabina Henneberg (The National Interest)

Southern Africa
What South Africa’s New Unity Gov’t Means for US Relations, by Dan M. Ford (Responsible Statecraft)

McCaul, Meeks, James, Jacobs Bipartisan Statement Congratulating the South African People on Successful Elections (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Ignored by the US, Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa Flirts with Putin, by Farai Shawn Matiashe (The Africa Report)

Digital Press Briefing: U.S.-Angola Energy Security Dialogue and U.S.-Africa Energy Partnerships (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
US Has Withdrawn About 30% of Troops from Niger Ahead of Full Departure, Pentagon Says, by John Vandiver (Stars and Stripes)

Western Multinationals Fleeing Nigeria Are Being Replaced by Asian and Turkish Firms, by Emele Onu, Anthony Osae-Brown, Antony Sguazzin (Bloomberg)

Sierra Leone to Double Energy Capacity with US‑Financed Gas‑to‑Power Plant, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Recent Events
Upcoming Digital Press Briefing: U.S.-Angola Energy Security Dialogue and U.S.-Africa Energy Partnerships, June 18, 9:00am EDT (U.S. Department of State)

Road to AGOA Reauthorization: The Future of US-Africa Trade and Investment, June 18, 12:10pm EDT (Wilson Center)

Exploring Ethiopia’s Tumultuous Transformation: A Discussion with Tom Gardner, June 20, 12:00pm EDT (Hudson Institute)

Africa – U.S. Forum: Perspectives from Africa on the Future of International Population and Development Policy, June 24, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California, Capitol Campus)

Check out What Can Be Done About Sudan’s Deepening Humanitarian Catastrophe? (The Current, Brookings Institution), What Is Africa’s Lobito Corridor? (United States Institute of Peace), Ambassador Tibor Nagy: 2024 U.S. Elections & Africa (Beyond Africa Podcast), Out of South Africa (Foreign Podicy, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies) & Africa and the Economic Struggle of Great Power Politics (Arsenal of Democracy, Hudson Institute)

June 18, 2024

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Digital Press Briefing: U.S.-Angola Energy Security Dialogue and U.S.-Africa Energy Partnerships, June 18, 9:00am EDT (U.S. Department of State)

Road to AGOA Reauthorization: The Future of US-Africa Trade and Investment, June 18, 12:10pm EDT (Wilson Center)

Africa – U.S. Forum: Perspectives from Africa on the Future of International Population and Development Policy, June 24, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California, Capitol Campus)

2024 Carnegie Africa Forum, June 27, 9:30am EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

War in Sudan: Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity in West Darfur, June 27 1:00pm EDT (Atlantic Council)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Sudan’s Manmade Famine: How the United States and Its Gulf Partners Are Enabling Mass Starvation, by Alex de Waal (Foreign Affairs)

Continent At-Large
China and Russia Are Beating the US in Africa, by James Stavridis (Bloomberg)

Republicans May Force Africa to Choose Between US and China, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Countering Russia’s African Strategy, by John P. Connor (The National Interest)

The Missing Piece: Political Parties Are Critical to Democracy in Africa, by Santiago Stocker, Patrick Quirk, Dan Scaduto (Atlantic Council)

The G7 Cannot Afford to Ignore Africa, by Hakainde Hichilema (Project Syndicate)

The G-7 Summit and Africa’s Infrastructure Gap, by J. Peter Pham (The National Interest)

The Right Future for the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, by Ned Rauch-Mannino (The Heritage Foundation)

U.S. Chamber Testimony on Trade with Africa, Haiti & Others, by John Murphy (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Beyond 2025: A Renewed Relationship with sub-Saharan Africa, by Daniel F. Runde (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Trade Subcommittee Chairman Smith Opening Statement – Hearing on Looking Beyond 2025 for Trade with Sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, and Others (House Ways and Means Committee)

AGOA: 25 Years of US-Africa Mutual Benefit, by Carlee Unger (Borgen Magazine)

F.B.I. Director Makes Rare Visit to Africa as Terrorism Threat Grows, by Eric Schmitt (The New York Times)

FBI Director Travels to Africa to Meet with Vital Law Enforcement and Intelligence Partners (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Can Africa’s Diaspora Alter the Continent’s Future Stability Landscape?, by Komlan Avoulete (Centre for African Conflict and Development)

Africa Policy in Trump’s Second Term, by Daniel Volman (Foreign Policy in Focus)

Digital Press Briefing with the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Uzra Zeya (U.S. Department of State)

Where the N.B.A. Sees Its Future, by Tania Ganguli (The New York Times)

Central Africa/Sudans
Parts of Sudan Are in Famine, Extent Unclear, Top US Diplomat Says, by Giulia Paravicini (Reuters)

‘We Need the World to Wake Up’: Sudan Facing World’s Deadliest Famine in 40 Years, by Julian Borger (The Guardian)

UN Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield Criticizes Sudan War Media Coverage, by Ben Smith & Nayeema Raza (Semafor)

Billionaire Under Sanctions Could Get $300mn in Controversial US-Congo Deal, by Harry Dempsey & Tom Wilson (Financial Times)

No Evidence for Donald Trump’s Claim That Congo Is Releasing People from Jail into the U.S., by Maria Ramirez Uribe & Amy Sherman (PolitiFact)

East Africa/Horn
US May Have Killed ISIS’ Global Leader Abdulqadir Mumin in Somalia Airstrike in May, Report Says, by Matthew Sedacca (New York Post)

US Intelligence Assesses Houthis in Yemen in Talks to Provide Weapons to al-Shabaab in Somalia, Officials Say, by Katie Bo Lillis, Kylie Atwood, Natasha Bertrand (CNN)

Al-Shabaab Publicly Executes Supposed US Spies in Somalia (Garowe Online)

AFRICOM Denies US Airstrike Killed Cuban Doctors, by Harun Maruf (Voice of America)

Cuba Seeks More Info From US On Doctors Abducted In Kenya (Agence France Presse)

A New Chapter in U.S.-Kenya Relations Links Silicon Valley and Silicon Savannah, by Jane Munga (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

FBI Chief Visits Kenya to Bolster Security Collaboration, by Mohammed Yusuf (Voice of America)

Newest Major Non-NATO Ally Kenya, US Begin Planning Justified Accord 2025, by Joe Legros (U.S. Army)

Former U.S. President Obama to Visit Kenya Next Year, by Sharon Resian (Capital FM)

North Africa
Climate Challenges & Opportunities in Morocco and Beyond, by Mark Nevitt (Just Security)

The Peace Corps Should Return to Tunisia, by Brendan Fusco (Inkstick)

The United States Invests $130 Million for Egypt’s Development (U.S. Embassy in Egypt)

Southern Africa
Statement from President Joe Biden on South Africa Elections (The White House)

Students on the Frontline: South Africa and the US Share a History of Protest Against White Supremacy, by Rico Devara Chapman (The Conversation)

Zimbabwe Escalates Diplomatic Tensions with Zambia (The Zimbabwe Mail)

Mr. Mnangagwa, Just Because the West Criticizes You Doesn’t Make You Anti-West!, by Tendai Ruben Mbofana (The Zimbabwean)

U.S. and Botswana to Co-Host African Chiefs of Defense Conference (AFRICOM)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Malawi President Chakwera (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
How the US Is Lobbying for New Military Bases in Côte d’Ivoire and Benin, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

U.S. Must Adapt, Not Abandon the Sahel, by Hafed Al Ghwell (Geopolitical Monitor)

The Sahel’s New Geopolitics, by Andrew Lebovich (Clingendael)

FBI Director Wray Travels to Nigeria, Meets with President Tinubu and Senior Officials (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

First C-17 Withdrawal Flight Departs from Niger (AFRICOM)

600 US Troops Remain in Niger as Withdrawal Continues, by Carla Babb (Voice of America)

U.S. Embassy Employee Charged with Sexually Abusing Girls in Burkina Faso Home, by Katie Mettler (The Washington Post)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Republic of The Gambia President Barrow (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
The Sahel Security Conundrum: Towards a New Equilibrium?, June 11, 10:00am EDT (Program on Extremism, George Washington University)

Trade Subcommittee Hearing on Looking Beyond 2025 for Trade with Sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, and Others, June 12, 1:15pm EDT (House Ways and Means Committee)

Made in Ethiopia, June 16, 1:45pm EDT (DC/DOX Film Festival)

Check out 
Nigeria Looks to Expand AGOA Duty-Free Market Access (Africa 54, Voice of America)

June 11, 2024

Upcoming Events
The Sahel Security Conundrum: Towards a New Equilibrium?, June 11, 10:00am EDT (Program on Extremism, George Washington University)

Mozambique at a Crossroads: The Global Fragility Act in an Election Year, June 13, 9:00am EDT (International Republican Institute)
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Made in Ethiopia, June 16, 1:45pm EDT (DC/DOX Film Festival)

Road to AGOA Reauthorization: The Future of US-Africa Trade and Investment, June 18, 12:00pm EDT (Wilson Center)

2024 Carnegie Africa Forum, June 27, 9:30am EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
U.S. Confronts Failures as Terrorism Spreads in West Africa, by Eric Schmitt & Ruth Maclean (The New York Times)

Continent At-Large
Nine Ideas to Improve AGOA, by Justin Sandofeur (Center for Global Development)

US Labour Issues Cloud Future of AGOA Duty Free Scheme with Africa, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Senators Rally Support for Africa Trade Deal Amid Competition with China, by Tobias Burns (The Hill)

US Loses Ground in Africa to China on 2025 AGOA Renewal Uncertainty, by Laura Husband (Just Style)

China Claps Back at Biden BRI Diss, Says U.S. Should “Do Something Real” for Africa, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

Increasing Investment in African Mining Should Be a Higher Priority for the United States, by Aubrey Hruby (Atlantic Council)

Africa Is at a Crossroads – the U.S. Must Prioritize the Continent, by Hannah Johnson & Albert Torres (George W. Bush Presidential Center)

US National Security Adviser Details White House’s Development Goals, by Elissa Miolene (Devex)

Russia’s Mercenary-Industrial Complex in Africa, by Christopher Faulkner & Raphael Parens (War on the Rocks)

What to Know About Russia’s Growing Footprint in Africa, by Mark Banchereau & Jessica Donati (Associated Press)

US Flies B-52 to Cap Off Its Largest Exercise in Africa, by Unshin Lee Harpley (Air & Space Forces Magazine)

After Training African Coup Leaders, Pentagon Blames Russia for African Coups, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

African Lion 24 Concludes with Strategic Success Across Four Nations, by Billy Lacroix (DVIDS)

A Home in Ohio for African Immigrants with Nowhere to Go, by Tim Craig (The Washington Post)

Central Africa/Sudans
‘Somalia on Steroids’: Sudan Conflict Escalates, by Robbie Gramer (Foreign Policy)

Sudanese Militias Are Committing Genocide in Darfur—Again, by Mutasim Ali & Yonah Diamond (Foreign Policy)

Why No One Will Save Sudan, by Cameron Hudson (Persuasion)

World Leaders Neglected This Crisis. Now Genocide Looms., by Jess Craig (Vox)

World Forgets ‘Catastrophic’ War in Sudan as Russia, Iran, Others Reportedly Feed Fighting with Arms, by Paul Tilsley (Fox News)

U.S. Treasury Blocks UAE Companies Pending Investigation for Potential Sudan Sanctions Violations (Sudan Tribune)

Sudanese Delegation Visits Russia as Red Sea Base Moves Forward, by Oscar Rickett (Middle East Eye)

President Biden: Act on El Fasher Now (Humanity United)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is in Crisis. Will the U.S. Government Protect Congolese Immigrants in the United States?, by Daniel Levine-Spound (Just Security)

Chad, US Will Continue Discussions on Their Presence: “Russian Forces Deteriorate Security” (Agenzia Nova)

East Africa/Horn
EAC Hopes Revised AGOA Deal Will Include Services and Relax Visa Requirements, by Herald Aloo (The Africa Report)

Global, Continental and Regional Ramifications of Ruto’s US Visit, by Kariūki wa Gīthuku & Felix Kumah-Abiwu (The Elephant)

Somaliland’s ‘Ambassador’ Seeks to Resolve a Horn of Africa Dilemma, by Karin Zeitvogel (The Washington Diplomat)

North Africa
Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Egyptian President El-Sisi (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
Zimbabwe: America’s First Ambassador in Three Years Eyes Economic Engagement, by Farai Shawn Matiashe & Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Mnangagwa Says USA Funding Security Sector in Zambia to Spite Zimbabwe (Voice of America)

Mnangagwa Reveals Uneasiness over American Presence in Zambia During Meeting with Putin (Pindula News)

Recommendations for Building Zambia’s Copper Industry, by Gracelin Baskaran & Florence Yu (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Angolan Looking to Acquire Military Hardware from the United States, by Guy Martin (defenceWeb)

Assistant Secretary Geoffrey R. Pyatt’s Travel to Germany and Angola (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
The End of America’s Pan-Sahel Vision, by Vivek Mishra & Samir Bhattacharya (Observer Research Foundation)

US Begins Pulling Military Equipment from Niger Ahead of Withdrawal Deadline, by AnneClaire Stapelton & Oren Liebermann (CNN)

US Military Begins Slow Transition Out of Niger Ahead of Troop Withdrawal, by Tara Suter (The Hill)

Joint Statement from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of National Defense of the Republic of Niger (AFRICOM)

Senegal’s New President Is Anything but a Lackey for the West, by Alex Thurston (Responsible Statecraft)

US Under Secretary of State for Human Rights Uzra Zeya Slated to Visit Dakar (Africa Intelligence)

Recent Events
Money is Policy: Assessing Shortcomings in the State Department’s Foreign Assistance Grants Process, June 4, 10:00am EDT (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

The Forgotten War: Sudan in Crisis, June 5, 12:30pm EDT (Center for American Progress)

How Can a Common African Market Address SDGs, Intellectual Property Rights, Industrialization, and Geopolitical Tensions? A Working Group Series on Advancing Regional Economic Integration, June 6, 8:00am EDT (Center for Global Development)

Making Sense of the Complex Security Situation in the DRC and the Great Lakes, June 7, 8:00am EDT (South African Institute of International Affairs)

The Changing Nature of Security Threats in the Central Sahel Region: The Rise of Self-Defense Groups and Private Security Companies, June 10, 1:00pm EDT (Wilson Center)

Check out Connecting U.S. and African Diplomats (The Olive Branch, United States Institute of Peace), The United States Fears Unstable Coalition Rule in South Africa (BizNews), U.S. to Increase Funding to Equatorial Guinea (A54, Voice of America), & High Stakes in Africa (Flash Focus, The Vandenberg Coalition)

June 4, 2024

Upcoming Events
Money is Policy: Assessing Shortcomings in the State Department’s Foreign Assistance Grants Process, June 4, 10:00am EDT (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

The Forgotten War: Sudan in Crisis, June 5, 12:30pm EDT (Center for American Progress)

How Can a Common African Market Address SDGs, Intellectual Property Rights, Industrialization, and Geopolitical Tensions? A Working Group Series on Advancing Regional Economic Integration, June 6, 8:00am EDT (Center for Global Development)

Making Sense of the Complex Security Situation in the DRC and the Great Lakes, June 7, 8:00am EDT (South African Institute of International Affairs)

Made in Ethiopia, June 16, 1:45pm EDT (DC/DOX Film Festival)

2024 Carnegie Africa Forum, June 27, 9:30am EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Why Washington Failed in Niger, by Nathaniel Powell (War on the Rocks)

Continent At-Large
A New Dawn for US-African Cooperation?, by Vera Songwe (Project Syndicate)

Africa’s Natural Resources for Africans?, by Mark Green (Wilson Center)

Without Africa, Biden’s Energy Policies Are a Win for China, by J. Peter Pham (The National Interest)

How Is China’s Economic Transition Affecting Its Relations With Africa?, by Zainab Usman & Tang Xiaoyang (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Accommodating Africa’s Juntas Amplifies Insecurity, by Joseph Siegle & Jeffrey Smith (Africa Center for Strategic Studies)

Russia’s Position in Africa Isn’t as Strong as It Looks, by Duncan Money & Tycho Van Der Hoog (World Politics Review)

Not All About Goodies: US Flexes Soft Power as It Advances Rights Issues in Africa, by Macharia Gaitho (The East African)

AFRICOM Belongs in Africa, by Alexander Dragone (U.S. Naval Institute)

Inside a Huge U.S. Military Exercise in Africa to Counter Terrorism and Russia and China’s Growing Influence, by Debora Patta & Sarah Carter (CBS News)

US Military Completes Major Exercise in Africa and Works to Deepen Partnerships, by Sam Metz (Associated Press)

Africa Command to “Double Down” in Africa, by Daniel Volman (Foreign Policy in Focus)

US Military Defends Africa Strategy in Light of Coups and a Drift Toward Russia, by Sam Metz (Associated Press)

US Sanctions Two Central African Republic Companies Linked to Russian Wagner Group (Voice of America)

Imposing Sanctions on Entities Supporting Russia’s Malign Activities in Africa (U.S. Department of State)

What Kenya’s State Visit to the U.S. Reveals About Winning Over the Global South, by Lucas Engel (China Global South Project)

President Ruto’s State Visit: Biden Signals Commitment to Countering Malign Influence in Africa, by David Dapaah (Charged Affairs)

US Attempt to Re-Establish Strategic Influence in Africa Is to Intensify Competition, by Song Wei (Global Times – Chinese State Media)

Central Africa/Sudans
Sudan Is an Abject Disaster. Is Anyone Listening?, by Benjamin Mossberg (Atlantic Council)

The World’s Shameful Neglect of Sudan, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

Washington Approach to Sudan Is Short on Results, by Nolan Stout (Courthouse News Service)

‘No Evidence’ Biden’s Sudan Policy Is Working, by Matt Berg & Eric Bazail-Emil (Politico)

Blinken and Top General Discuss Need to End Sudan War (Reuters)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Sudanese Armed Forces General Burhan (U.S. Department of State)

US Sanctions Uganda’s Parliament Speaker, Her Husband and Others Over Corruption and Rights Abuses, by Rodney Muhumuza (Associated Press)

Designation of Ugandan Public Officials (U.S. Department of State)

Discrimination in Public Health: How Funders Should Fight Laws Like Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, by Asia Russell & Maria E. Burnett (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

In a Congolese Mining case, Biden Can Secure a Win for US Sanctions Policy in Africa, by Benjamin Mossberg (Atlantic Council)

West Set on Banishing Moscow’s Forces from Bangui (Africa Confidential)

East Africa/Horn
America’s Vital 21st-Century ‘Partnership With Africa’ — and Kenya’s Key Role, by Johnnie Carson (United States Institute of Peace)

William Ruto Wins in Washington – But Does Kenya?, by Peter Fabricius (Institute for Security Studies)

Ring of Fire: Ruto-Biden Pact Puts Kenya as Washington’s Proxy, by Mutuma Mathiu (Nation Africa)

As Allies, Kenya & US Aim to Bolster Digital Security in Africa, by Robert Lemos (Dark Reading)

United States and Kenya Announce New Initiatives to Support Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Workforce Development, and the Creative Economy (U.S. Department of State)

America’s Doublespeak in East Africa, by Ian Katusiime (The Independent Uganda)

Rare Strike on ISIS’ Somali Offshoot Kills 3 Militants, AFRICOM Says, by John Vandiver (Stars and Stripes)

U.S. Forces Conduct Strike Targeting ISIS (AFRICOM)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Somali President Hassan Sheikh (U.S. Department of State)

Genocide in Tigray: Serious Breaches of International Law in the Tigray Conflict, Ethiopia, and Paths to Accountability (New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy)

North Africa
North Africa in an Era of Great Power Competition: Challenges and Opportunities for the United States, by Anna Borshchevskaya, Louis Dugit-Gros, Ben Fishman, Sabina Henneberg, Grant Rumley (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Moroccan Foreign Minister Bourita (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
Angola: The Long Road Traveled and the Way Forward, by Mvemba Phezo Dizolele (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

U.S., Angolan Defense Leaders Discuss Deepening Cooperation, by Jim Garamone (U.S. Department of Defense)

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Remarks Welcoming Angolan Minister of National Defense Joao Ernesto dos Santos to the Pentagon (U.S. Department of Defense)

America Is Next: South African Minister Says Countries Aiding Israel Liable for ICC Prosecution, by Sam Halpern (The Jerusalem Post)

South Africa’s ANC Lost Its Majority. Time for a Pivot to the Center., by the Editorial Board (The Washington Post)

South Africa’s National and Provincial Elections (U.S. Department of State)

South Africa’s Election Results Offer Opportunity To Strengthen Relations With U.S., Says CAP’s Patrick Gaspard (Center for American Progress)

MCC CEO Celebrates Partnership Milestones in Malawi and Zambia (Millennium Challenge Corporation)

Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Verma’s Meeting with Seychellois Foreign Minister Sylvestre Radegonde (U.S. Department of State)

YALI RLC SA Launches Regional Innovation Challenge in Madagascar (U.S. Agency for International Development)

West Africa
US Stands to Benefit More than Nigeria from Open-Skies Agreement, by David Whitehouse & Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Airmen in Niger Resilient Amid Extended Deployments (U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa)

Recent Events
Africa’s Oil Economies Amidst the Energy Transition: Nigeria, May 28, 9:00am EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Brown Capital Management Africa Forum Relaunch: Sovereign Wealth Funds and Infrastructure Development in Africa, May 28, 11:00am EDT (Wilson Center)

Facing the Future: A Discussion on Niger and West African Security Cooperation, May 28, 12:00pm (Hudson Institute)

Setting Priorities and Optimizing Resources in Africa: The New Public Health Order, May 28, 12:30pm EDT (Center for Global Development)

Africa’s Oil Economies Amidst the Energy Transition: Angola, May 30, 10:30am EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Beyond the Savannah: Countering Violent Extremism in Coastal West Africa, May 31, 9:30am EDT (Conflict Research Network West Africa)

Check out Biden’s Africa Outreach (The Inside Story, Voice of America), Ruto in Washington: Kenya’s State Visit and the U.S.’s Africa Policy (Hold Your Fire!, International Crisis Group), Joseph Sany on the U.S. Withdrawal from Niger (On Peace, United States Institute of Peace), & Jane Perlez on the Global South’s Role in the U.S.-China Strategic Rivalry (The China-Global South Podcast, China Global South Project)

May 28, 2024

Upcoming Events
Africa’s Oil Economies Amidst the Energy Transition: Nigeria, May 28, 9:00am EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Brown Capital Management Africa Forum Relaunch: Sovereign Wealth Funds and Infrastructure Development in Africa, May 28, 11:00am EDT (Wilson Center)

Setting Priorities and Optimizing Resources in Africa: The New Public Health Order, May 28, 12:30pm EDT (Center for Global Development)

Beyond the Savannah: Countering Violent Extremism in Coastal West Africa, May 31, 9:30am EDT (Conflict Research Network West Africa)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Africa’s International Relations Are Bigger than a U.S.-China Binary, by Chris O. Ogunmodede (Penkelemesi)

Continent At-Large
Rethinking U.S. Africa Policy Amid Changing Geopolitical Realities, by John J. Chin & Haleigh Bartos (Texas National Security Review)

U.S. Remains Committed to Partnering with Africa (Voice of America)

Kenya: Doubts on US Commitment to Africa Loom Over Ruto Visit, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Biden Welcomes Kenyan Leader After Failing to Visit Africa as Promised, by Toluse Olorunnipa (The Washington Post)

Ruto’s State Visit to the White House Is Overdue. So Is Biden’s Visit to Africa., by Sibi Nyaoga & Alexander Tripp (Atlantic Council)

Biden Plans to Visit Africa in February if He Is Re-Elected, by Nandita Bose (Reuters)

Biden, Kenya’s Ruto Pledge Protect Democracy in Africa and Beyond, by Andrea Shalal & Trevor Hunnicutt (Reuters)

Kenya’s New US-Backed Bid to Save Sudan from ‘Genocide’, by Aggrey Mutambo & Mawahib Abdallatif (Nation Africa)

China Is Winning the Minerals War, by Jon Emont (The Wall Street Journal)

Is It Time for a New Look at the US Obsession Over Chinese Economic Influence in Africa?, by Charles A. Ray (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

America’s ‘Taiwan Card’ to Contain Confident China Could Hurt Africa, by Peter Kagwanja (Nation Africa)

‘In It for the Long Game’: US Sailors Factor into Diplomatic Interests in Africa as China, Russia Vie for Influence, by Alison Bath (Stars and Stripes)

More Control, Less Deniability: What Next for Russia in Africa After Wagner?, by Eromo Egbejule (The Guardian)

Kenyan President Ruto’s White House Visit Spotlights U.S.-Africa Policy, by Adva Saldinger (Devex)

US Sen. Chris Coons on Kenyan President’s Visit, Africa Policy and Trade, by Adva Saldinger (Devex)

Visit by Kenyan President Can Open the Door to Greater African Trade, Investment, by Nii Simmonds (The Hill)

US Adjusts Military Layout in Africa, by Chen Hanghui & Guan Ying (China Military)

Central Africa/Sudans
Congo Lawyers Say They Have New Evidence on Apple’s Minerals Supply Chain, by Sonia Rolley (Reuters)

Félix Tshisekedi’s Battle Against Apple for the DRC’s ‘Blood Minerals’ Goes On, by Maher Hajbi (The Africa Report)

The Problem With ‘Conflict-Free’ Minerals, by Mélanie Gouby (Foreign Policy)

Congo Coup’s American Connections, by Dan M. Ford (Responsible Statecraft)

A Puzzling Attempted Coup in the DRC, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Democratic Republic of the Congo President Tshisekedi (U.S. Department of State)

East Africa/Horn
Kenya and the U.S. Need Each Other More Than Ever, by Caroline Gray (Foreign Policy)

As U.S. Influence in Africa Wanes, Kenya Bucks the Trend, by Katharine Houreld (The Washington Post)

Kenyan President’s State Visit: An Antidote to U.S. Troubles in Africa?, by Declan Walsh (The New York Times)

Ruto’s State Visit Spotlights Kenya’s Centrality to Africa–US Relations, by Fergus Kell (Chatham House)

Kenya, a Key U.S. Partner, Needs Help to Foster Peace in Africa and Beyond, by Alex Rondos (United States Institute of Peace)

US ‘Feel Good’ Factor on Kenya’s William Ruto Only Goes So Far, by David Pilling (Financial Times)

Washington Completes the Disneyfication of William Ruto, by Kiri Rupiah (The Continent)

Will Ruto’s US Trip Help Diminish Chinese Influence in East Africa?, by Aggrey Mutambo & Luke Anami (The East African)

Why America Needs Kenya in New Africa Strategy to Dethrone China, by Dominic Omondi (Nation Africa)

Biden Looks to Counter China’s Influence as He Rolls Out Red Carpet for Kenya, by Kevin Liptak & Kayla Tausche (CNN)

Joe Biden to Upgrade Kenyan Ties to Counter Russian and Chinese Sway in Africa, by James Politi, Joe Daniels, Andres Schipani (Financial Times)

US Names Kenya Major Ally as Russian Influence Grows in Africa, by Sam Cabral (BBC)

Kenya to Get Major Non-NATO Ally Status During President’s US State Visit, by Alexander Ward (Politico)

Why Kenya’s Non-NATO Ally Status Is Crucial for Regional Security, by Beverly Ochieng (BBC)

Why US Is Tying up Kenya Security Partnership in the Horn, by Luke Anami (Nation Africa)

Biden Courts Kenya for Regional Politics, and Haiti Intervention, by Dan M. Ford (Responsible Statecraft)

Why the Biden White House Chose Kenya for Its First State Visit by an African Leader, by Anita Powell (Voice of America)

A White House State Dinner That Could Help Biden’s Election Chances, by Joyce M. Davis (CNN)

Biden Welcomes Kenya’s Leader as US Under Pressure in Africa, by Barbara Plett Usher (BBC)

Kenya’s Ruto Visits Washington: A New Era of Diplomacy?, by Ernesto Andrés Fuenmayor (DW)

How Geopolitics Influences Kenya-US Ties, by Muliro Wilfred Nasong’o (Nation Africa)

Meg Whitman’s Trying to Be A Different Kind of US Ambassador. Washington Is Noticing., by Nahal Toosi (Politico)

‘We Mean Business’: Deepening Ties Between U.S. and Kenya (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

US, Kenya Deals and Investments Announced as Ruto Meets Biden (Reuters)

Biden Moves to Secure Chips Act Funding for Kenya’s Ruto, by Akayla Gardner (Bloomberg)

How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa, by William Ruto (Project Syndicate)

Ruto’s Visit to Washington Provokes Some Highly Misleading Media Narratives About Chinese Debt, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

Kenya’s Chinese Debt to be on the Agenda When Ruto Arrives in Washington, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

Ruto Seeks Kenyan Debt Relief During White House Visit, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Biden, Kenya’s Ruto to Discuss Kenyan Debt Relief This Week, by Andrea Shalal, Trevor Hunnicutt, Steve Holland (Reuters)

Biden Welcomes Kenya’s Ruto with Talk of Business Deals and 1,000 Candles, by John T. Bennett (Roll Call)

United States-Kenya Joint Leaders’ Statement (The White House)

Remarks by Vice President Harris and President William Ruto of the Republic of Kenya at a State Luncheon (The White House)

Secretary Antony J.  Blinken at a State Luncheon in Honor of Kenyan President William Ruto (U.S. Department of State)

FACT SHEET: Vice President Harris Announces Public and Private Sector Commitments to Advancing Digital Inclusion in Africa (The White House)

FACT SHEET: Kenya State Visit to the United States (The White House)

Smith Calls for Resuming Real Trade Negotiations with Kenya Following Meeting with President Ruto (House Ways and Means Committee)

Senator Coons, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Celebrating 60-Year Anniversary of U.S.-Kenya Relations (Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons)

Risch Meets with Kenyan President William Ruto (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

A Preview of Kenya’s State Visit, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

Habari! White House to Welcome Kenyan President, by Anita Powell (Voice of America)

Does Clean Energy Ambition Give a Leader a Pass on His Past?, by Todd Moss (Eat More Electrons)

We Did Not Pay for President Ruto’s Jet to America, Says US Government (Nation Africa)

AFRICOM Leader Focuses on African Maritime Security in the West Indian Ocean (AFRICOM)

North Africa
US, Morocco Conduct Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, and Nuclear Response Demonstration at African Lion 2024, by Therese Prats (U.S. Army)

Southern Africa
Time to Cut U.S. Foreign Aid to South Africa, by Max Primorac (Heritage Foundation)

Brigety Should Have Called It a Day After Lady R ‘Misimpression’, by Adekeye Adebajo (Business Day)

‘US Is Strengthening Partnership with SA’, by Koena Mashale (Sowetan Live)

Eswatini Allegedly Assisting Russia to Register Ships Amid US Sanctions, Tankers Now Bear Swazi Flag, by Bongiwe Dlamini (Swaziland News)

Zimbabwe Shut Out of Poorly Attended US-Africa Business Summit (Bulawayo24)

West Africa
Dangote Says He Will Continue to Import US Oil: ‘We Can’t Wait’, by Kanika Saigal, Aurélie M’Bida, Matthieu Millecamps, Fanny David (The Africa Report)

Recent Events
Enhancing the Voice of Sudanese Civilians on Issues Key to Ending the War and Restoring Peace, May 21, 11:00am EDT (Wilson Center)

A U.S.-Kenyan Rescue in Haiti and its Implications for American Foreign Policy, May 21, 12:00pm EDT (Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft)

Inaugural Canada-Africa Business Forum in Washington DC, May 22-23 (The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business)

The Atlantic Partnership: African Perspectives on the Way Forward, May 24, 9:30am EDT (Atlantic Council)

Sustainable Development in Africa Conference, May 24, 10:00am EDT (Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver)

Check out Measuring African Perspectives on Democracy and Governance (Foresight Africa Podcast, Brookings Institution), What Is the Role of the US in the Sahel? (Straight Talk Africa, Voice of America), Biden’s Kenyan Courtship (Fault Lines, National Security Institute), Kenya State Visit: An Evening with President William Samoi Ruto Hosted by Prosper Africa (Prosper Africa), President Biden Hosts Kenya’s President Ruto for a State Visit (Al Jazeera), Hargis on US, China Relations with Kenya, Africa (Bloomberg), US Elevates Security Relationship with Kenya at State Visit (Voice of America), U.S.-Kenya Business Forum (U.S. Chamber of Commerce), and The Ripple Effects of the Coup in Niger (Post Reports, The Washington Post)

May 21, 2024

Upcoming Events
Enhancing the Voice of Sudanese Civilians on Issues Key to Ending the War and Restoring Peace, May 21, 11:00am EDT (Wilson Center)

A U.S.-Kenyan Rescue in Haiti and its Implications for American Foreign Policy, May 21, 12:00pm EDT (Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft)

Inaugural Canada-Africa Business Forum in Washington DC, May 22-23 (The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business)

The Atlantic Partnership: African Perspectives on the Way Forward, May 24, 9:30am EDT (Atlantic Council)

Sustainable Development in Africa Conference, May 24, 10:00am EDT (Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver)

Brown Capital Management Africa Forum Relaunch: Sovereign Wealth Funds and Infrastructure Development in Africa, May 28, 11:00am EDT (Wilson Center)

Setting Priorities and Optimizing Resources in Africa: The New Public Health Order, May 28, 12:30pm EDT (Center for Global Development)

News & Analysis
Top Picks
Standing Up to Africa’s Juntas, by Joseph Siegle & Jeffrey Smith (Journal of Democracy)

Intelligence Advantage: Profiling African Leaders’ Meetings with U.S. Presidents, by Judd Devermont (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Continent At-Large
African Countries Are Failing to Make a Dent in Washington’s Diplomatic Scene, by Nahal Toosi (Politico)

Retaining US Influence in Africa Requires Bridge-Building with China, by Jakkie Cilliers (Institute for Security Studies)

A Coalition of the Dissatisfied? Why China and Russia Are Winning Friends in Africa, by Jevans Nyabiage (South China Morning Post)

The New Rules of Geopolitics in Africa, by J. Peter Pham (DefenseOne)

GOP Senators Blast Biden Admin Moves in Africa as Russia Looks to Fill Vacuum, by Paul Tilsley (Fox News)

Why Russia Seeks to Dominate Africa, by Walter Russell Mead (The Wall Street Journal)

How the U.S. Loses Africa to Putin’s Russia, by Patrick Quirk (The Wall Street Journal)

Wagner Infiltration of State Security Apparatuses in Africa: Implications for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, by Ansoumane Samassy Souare (Wilson Center)

US Ex-Im Bank Audit Finds Lack of Growth Strategy in Africa, by Paul Burkhardt (Bloomberg)

Trade Pact Would Be a Bonanza for Africa — if It Can Be Made to Work, by Keith B. Richburg (The Washington Post)

Strengthening US-African Partnership, by Kester Kenn Klomegah (Eurasia Review)

NATO and Its South: Redefining the Terms, by Mathieu Droin, Carlota G. Encina, Cameron Hudson, Selin Uysal (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Central Africa/Sudans
Congolese Army Says It Foiled a Coup Involving Americans, by Declan Walsh (The New York Times)

DRC: Kinshasa ‘Coup Attempt’ Was Led by a US Citizen, by Anne Kappès-Grangé & Socrate Nsimba (The Africa Report)

Americans Arrested in Congo Amid Accusations of Coup Attempt, by Katharine Houreld (The Washington Post)

Explainer: The Foiled Coup in DR Congo: Here’s What to Know (Reuters)

American Detained in Failed Congo Coup Is Former DC Drug Dealer and Married Father-of-Three Who Was Running Gold Mining and E-Cigarette Business with Slain Mission’s Leader, by Germania Rodriguez Poleo (Daily Mail)

US Blames China’s CMOC for Predatory Tactics Behind Cobalt Glut, by Michael J. Kavanagh (Bloomberg)

Senior U.S. Diplomat Accuses Chinese Company of “Predatory” Tactics to Depress Cobalt Prices, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

In Quest for Metals, U.S. Pitches Deal to Ease Sanctions on Israeli Businessman, by Julie Steinberg (The Wall Street Journal)

Seeking Access to Congo’s Metals, White House Aims to Ease Sanctions, by Eric Lipton (The New York Times)

The US, EU, Japan Look to DRC in Microchip War with China, by Lenin Ndebele (News24)

The Minerals Security Partnership Welcomes New Deal in Minerals Offtake and Processing Between STL in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Umicore in Belgium (U.S. Department of State)

Why the US Is Unable to Restrain the UAE in Sudan, by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey (The New Arab)

Sanctioning Sudanese Rapid Support Forces Commanders (U.S. Department of State)

US Slaps Sanctions on Sudan Paramilitary Commanders Over Darfur Offensive (Agence France Presse)

At the Sahel’s Center, Tension Rises Over Chad’s Disputed Election, by Yamingué Bétinbaye & Kamel Fakhry (United States Institute of Peace)

On the Election in Chad (U.S. Department of State)

Congressman Matt Gaetz Demands Oversight into the Defense Department’s Military Withdrawal from Chad (Office of Congressman Matt Gaetz)

‘Don’t Be Hypocrites’ Says São Tomé PM Trovoada, Downplaying Russian Arms Accord, by Laura Angela Bagnetto (The Africa Report)

US to Increase International Military Education & Training (IMET) for Equatorial Guinea, by Michael Walsh (defenceWeb)

East Africa/Horn
Ruto on First State Visit by Kenyan Leader to US in Two Decades (Agence France Presse)

Biden to Host Kenyan President for State Visit, by Julia Mueller (The Hill)

Press Briefing: Kenyan State Visit (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

What’s at Stake in Kenyan President William Ruto’s State Visit to the U.S.?, by Meron Elias (International Crisis Group)

Why President Ruto’s State Visit to the US Is Significant, by Stephanie Wangari (The Standard)

Balance of Power: Inside Ruto’s Power Date with POTUS Joe Biden, by Aggrey Mutambo (Nation Africa)

What to Look Out for in Ruto’s Visit to America, by Bob Wekesa (Nation Africa)

Kenyan President 4-Day State Visit to the U.S.: What’s at Stake? (Africanews)

Kenyan President Aims to Attract Green Investment During U.S. Visit, by Katharine Houreld (The Washington Post)

Kenya’s Promotion to the Big Leagues, by Rose Mutiso & Katie Auth (Energy for Growth Hub)

Ruto’s Snub at US Congress Part of Power Play Between Democrats and Republicans, by Brian Kimani (Kenyans)

VP Kamala Harris, Ruto to Discuss Digital Inclusion in Africa During US Visit, by Perpetua Etyang (The Star)

Commerce Secretary Raimondo Applauds Kenya as a Leader in Africa’s Digital Transformation (U.S. Department of Commerce)

Kenyan President Ruto’s Visit to Atlanta (U.S. Department of State)

Celebrating the Army’s Lab Partnership with Kenya While Guaranteeing Its Future, by J. Stephen Morrison & Thomas Cullison (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Harnessing the Power of Vision: Meg Whitman’s Transformative Diplomacy in Africa, by Gina Din (New African Magazine)

President Ruto Criticises US, EU for Neglecting African Conflicts at African CEO Forum, by Samuel Mwanawanjuguna (Kenyans)

How Tiny Djibouti Said ‘No’ to the US Over Houthi Red Sea Attacks, by Simon Marks (Bloomberg)

Ethnic Strife Is Tearing Ethiopia Apart, But America Can Help End It, by Mesfin Tegenu (The Hill)

Ethiopia Protests US Ambassador’s Speech After He Calls for Release of Political Prisoners, by Evelyne Musambi (Associated Press)

US Fails to Compensate Victims of Drone Strikes in Somalia (Garowe Online)

North Africa
Moscow Gains the Upper Hand Over Washington in Libya (Africa Intelligence)

United States Launches New Climate Action Program in Morocco (U.S. Agency for International Development)

Investment Minister Mohcine Jazouli’s US Roadshow Far From Resounding Success (Africa Intelligence)

Southern Africa
Lobito Corridor: Game-Changer in African Transport, Trade, by Luke Anami (The East African)

United States and Zambia Sign Partnership to Prevent Trafficking in Persons (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
US to Complete Withdrawal from Niger by Sept. 15 (Reuters)

Pentagon: U.S. Forces to Leave Niger by Mid-September, by Hannah Allam (The Washington Post)

U.S. to Withdraw Troops From Niger, by Nancy A. Youssef (The Wall Street Journal)

US Departure from Niger ‘Already Underway’ Ahead of September Deadline, by Noah Robertson & Jonathan Lehrfeld (DefenseNews)

Niger Leaves Open Continued Military Engagement With U.S., by Jim Garamone (U.S. Department of Defense)

U.S. Lays Out Plans for Withdrawing Troops from Niger, by Missy Ryan & Rachel Chason (The Washington Post)

Biden’s Latest Policy Failure: West Africa, by Paul du Quenoy (Newsweek)

US Sanctions Missing Their Mark, by Flore Berger, Matt Herbert, Lucia Bird Ruiz-Benitez de Lugo (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)

US and Allies Heighten Maritime Security Training Along West Africa’s Coast, by Kent Mensah (The Africa Report)

U.S. Africa Command Launches Multi-Nation Special Warfare Exercise, by Matthew Olay (U.S. Department of Defense)

Celebrating Progress: Recent Successes in the U.S.-Nigeria Partnership (U.S. Department of State)

The Hypothesis of a U.S. Military Base in Nigeria, by Femi D. Omuju (The Guardian Nigeria)

The US Revives Aviation Deal with Nigeria, by Chinedu Okafor (Business Insider Africa)

Again, Blinken Meets Tuggar, Pledges Stronger U.S., Nigeria Ties, by Tope Templer Olaiya (The Guardian Nigeria)

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Nigerian Foreign Minister Tuggar (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
Transitional Justice and Empowering Women for Sustainable Peace in Zimbabwe, May 14, 12:00pm EDT (Wilson Center)

US-Nigeria Partnership in the Changing Global Arena: A Conversation with the Foreign Minister of Nigeria, H. E. Amb. Y. M. Tuggar, May 15, 10:00am EDT (Wilson Center)

Policing in Africa: Imperatives to Peacebuilding, May 15, 2:00pm EDT (Wilson Center)

Gates Forum: Why Reinvigorating US Development Assistance is Essential to America’s National Interests, May 16, 11:00am EDT (Wilson Center)

The Millennium Challenge Corporation at 20 Years, May 16, 1:00pm EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

A Conversation with Amb. Yusuf Tuggar, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, May 16, 3:00pm EDT (Center for Global Development)

South Africa’s Historic Election: A Conversation with Freedom Front Plus Deputy Leader and Chief Whip Dr. Corné Mulder, May 17, 12:00pm EDT (Hudson Institute)

Africa-U.S. Forum: The First Korea, Africa Summit 2024, May 20, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California, Capitol Campus)

Check out Into the Africa Land Forces Summit (Into Africa, Center for Strategic & International Studies), Unlocking Africa’s Development Potential (United States Institute of Peace), and United States Relations with US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman (Citizen TV Kenya)

May 7, 2024

Upcoming Events
Reviewing DFC’s Efforts to Out Compete China’s BRI, May 7, 2:00pm (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Transitional Justice and Empowering Women for Sustainable Peace in Zimbabwe, May 14, 12:00pm (Wilson Center)

Policing in Africa: Imperatives to Peacebuilding, May 15, 2:00pm (Wilson Center)

Africa-U.S. Forum: The First Korea, Africa Summit 2024, May 20, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California, Capitol Campus)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
What Does African Rejection Mean for the U.S.?, by Cameron Hudson (The New York Times)

Continent At-Large
US-Africa Business Summit: Eight Things to Watch This Week, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

US-Africa Trade Deal Turns 25 Next Year: AGOA’s Winners, Losers and What Should Come Next, by Bedassa Tadesse (The Conversation)

With Africa’s Minerals in Demand, Russia and the US Each Offer What the Other Can’t, by Alexander Tripp (Atlantic Council)

The U.S. Needs To Counter Russia and China in Africa, by Ethan Shapiro (RealClearDefense)

Pawns Replaced as Cold War II Brews in the Global South, by Patrick Smith (The Africa Report)

AI in Africa Opens Up New Battlefront for China, US, by Martin K.N. Siele (Semafor)

Addressing China’s Monopoly over Africa’s Renewable Energy Minerals, by Desmond Egyin (Wilson Center)

Negotiating Development Corridor Projects in Africa, by Richard Dion (Brookings Institution)

It Matters How the Media Reports on Africa, by Juliet Lancey (Wilson Center)

My Commitment to a New Era of US-Africa Relations, by Ilhan Omar (Mshale)

Growing Green: Investing in African Agriculture Sustainably, by Ellasandra Walsh (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Lead U.S. Delegation to the 2024 U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Dallas (United States Mission to the United Nations)

CACI to Deliver IT Solutions to AFRICOM, by Patrick Kenyette (Military Africa)

Central Africa/Sudans
The Daunting Challenges Facing Biden’s Sudan Envoy, by Dan M. Ford (Responsible Statecraft)

US Gives Equatorial Guinea a Pass on Human Trafficking, by Michael Walsh (The Africa Report)

US Withdraws Troops from Base in Chad Following Government Demand, by Natasha Bertrand (CNN)

US Says It Will Return to Chad for Talks to Keep Troops in the Country, by Francis Kokutse (Associated Press)

US Blames Rwanda and Rebels for Deadly Camp Strike, by James Gregory (BBC)

US Calls on Rwanda to Punish Forces Over DRC Attack (Agence France Presse)

Russia and China Are Much Less Sneaky than the West – DRC President, by Chinedu Okafor (Business Insider Africa)

Western Countries Can Fund Seminars but Won’t Aid Manufacturing in Africa – Museveni, by Rotimi Agbana (Punch)

East Africa/Horn
Somalia Reports Food Diversion Involving US-Trained Soldiers, by Harun Maruf (Voice of America)

Somalia Detains U.S.-Trained Commandos Over Theft of Rations (Reuters)

USAID Launches $6 Million Program for Climate Resilience Efforts in Kenya, by Mohammed Yusuf (Voice of America)

McCaul, Meeks Request Invitation to Kenyan President William Samoei Ruto to Address Congress on Official U.S. Visit (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

North Africa
U.S. Africa Command’s Largest Annual Exercise Kicks Off in Tunisia, by Matthew Olay (U.S. Department of Defense)

Southern Africa
Mutual Suspicion Grates U.S.-South Africa Relations, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

Baker Hughes Builds First Namibian Mud Plant as Exploration Surges, by Wendall Roelf (Reuters)

West Africa
Russian Troops Enter Base Housing US Military in Niger, US Official Says, by Phil Stewart & Idrees Ali (Reuters)

Russian Forces Are Operating at Same Base as US Troops in Niger, by Natasha Bertrand (CNN)

What’s Next as ‘Heavy-Handed’ US Negotiates Pullout from Niger?, by Lorraine Mallinder (Al-Jazeera)

ISIS Leader from Niger Ambush That Killed 4 US Troops May Be Dead, by Jeff Schogol (Task & Purpose)

The Bleak Life of a Deposed President and His Wife, Held Captive, by Elian Peltier (The New York Times)

‘We Are Still Engaged with West African Juntas’ – US AFRICOM Head Gen Michael Langley, by Aaron Akinyemi & Chris Ewokor (BBC)

Nigeria: Northern Governors Under Fire for Attending US Security Summit, by Ben Ezemalu (The Africa Report)

Don’t Allow US, French Military Bases in Nigeria, Northern Leaders Warn Tinubu, by Taofeek Oyedokun (Business Day)

Russia Riding US Right Out of West Africa, by Olumba E Ezenwa & John Sunday Ojo (Asia Times)

USAID Will Provide Nearly $55 Million to Address Dire Humanitarian Crisis in Burkina Faso (U.S. Agency for International Development)

Recent Events
Conflict and Humanitarian Emergency in Sudan: An Urgent Call to Action, May 1, 10:30am EDT (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Check out The Twists and Turns of U.S.- Tanzania Bilateral Relations (Into Africa, Center for Strategic & International Studies) & Why Are US Soldiers Leaving Chad? (Focus on Africa, BBC)

May 1, 2024

Upcoming Events

Africa-U.S. Forum: The First Korea – Africa Summit 2024, May 20, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California, Capitol Campus)


News & Analysis
Top Pick
US-Niger Breakup a ‘Disaster’ and Preventable ‘Own Goal’ by Washington, by Julian Pecquet & Sheriff Bojang Jnr (The Africa Report)

Continent At-Large
U.S. Loses Soft Power Edge in Africa, by Benedict Vigers (Gallup)

China Inches Ahead of US in African Approval Ratings, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

US No Longer Viewed as Most Influential Global Power in Africa: Survey, by Lauren Irwin (The Hill)

What the Polls Tell Us About U.S.-China Influence Competition in Africa, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

The US Asserts That It Is a Better Option for Africa than Russia and China, by Chinedu Okafor (Business Insider Africa)

US Is ‘Best’ Choice for Africa over Russia or China, US Commerce Secretary Says, by Larry Madowo (CNN)

US Losing Ground to Russia in Geopolitical Battle over Africa, by Brad Dress (The Hill)

Building Critical Mineral Partnerships in Africa for U.S. Economic, National Security, by Thomas P. Sheehy (The Washington Times)

How the AGOA Reauthorization Process Could Help Diversify U.S. Critical Mineral Supplies, by Zainab Usman & Alexander Csanadi (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

AGOA to Be Expanded to All of Africa and Extended to 2041, by Luke Anami (The East African)

The United States’ Reversal of Course Toward Financing AU Peace Support Operations, by Ruth Namatovu (Wilson Center)

Central Africa/Sudans
Russian Mercenaries Hunt the African Warlord America Couldn’t Catch, by Mac William Bishop (Rolling Stone)

Preventing Another Darfur Genocide, by Cameron Hudson (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

US Appeals to UAE, Others to Stop Support for Sudan’s Warring Parties (Reuters)

East Africa/Horn
US Official Announces Business Partnership with Kenya, by Mariama Diallo (Voice of America)

U.S. Chamber Delegation to Kenya Lays Groundwork for State Visit (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

North Africa
An Iron Curtain May Fall Again—This Time in Libya, by Karim Mezran (Atlantic Council)

United States’ Ex-Envoy Warns of Russian Influence in Libya, by Abdulkader Assad (The Libya Observer)

Southern Africa
USAID Launches New Partnerships to Support Malaria Prevention, Strengthen Infrastructure, and Bolster Food Security in Angola (U.S. Agency for International Development)

President Biden’s National Day Message for South Africa (U.S. Embassy  & Consulates in South Africa)

West Africa
Resetting U.S. West Africa Policy, by Amine Ghoulidi (The National Interest)

Geopolitical Competition Is Reshaping West Africa, by Afolabi Adekaiyaoja (World Politics Review)

U.S. to Withdraw Troops From Chad, Dealing Another Blow to Africa Policy, by Eric Schmitt (The New York Times)

U.S. Troops to Leave Chad, as Another African State Reassesses Ties, by Rachel Chason, Dan Lamothe, John Hudson (The Washington Post)

Some US Troops Set to Depart Chad, At Least Temporarily (Reuters)

US Withdrawal from Niger Demonstrates America’s Coup Confusion, by Austin S. Matthews (The Hill)

The U.S. Military Is Getting Kicked Out of Niger, by Amy Mackinnon (Foreign Policy)

US Negotiates for ‘Orderly and Responsible Withdrawal’ of Troops from Niger, as Russia Moves In, by Lenin Ndebele (News24)

US Sending Senior Officials to Niger to Discuss Troop Exit (Agence France Presse)

US to Pull Troops from Chad and Niger as the African Nations Question Its Counterterrorism Role, by Tara Copp (Associated Press)

No Final Decision on Withdrawing US Troops from Niger and Chad, Top Official Tells AP, by Tara Copp (Associated Press)

Burkina Faso Suspends VOA, BBC/Africa Broadcasts, by Liam Scott (Voice of America)

Statement on Burkina Faso’s Actions Against VOA Programming (Voice of America)

Joint Statement on Civilian Massacres and Media Suspensions in Burkina Faso (U.S. Department of State)

Why Are Western Troops in West Africa Being Given the ‘Boot’ One After the Other? (Global Times – Chinese State Media)

United States Air Force B1-B Bombers Fly to Ghana Ahead of Flintlock 2024, by Ekene Lionel (Military Africa)

Trade Minister Sells Ghana’s Industrialisation Agenda to US Investors (Modern Ghana)

The United States of America and Côte d’Ivoire Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Expand Collaboration on Countering Foreign State Information Manipulation (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events

Check out This $1.7B Railway Is U.S.’s First Challenge to China in Africa (The Wall Street Journal), After Niger Setback, US To Withdraw Troops From Chad As Africa Strengthens Ties With Russia, China (CRUX) & Don’t Call It a “Coup Epidemic” in Africa (Good Authority)

April 16, 2024

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Getting Real: How the United States Can Deliver on its Commitment to African Infrastructure, by Katie Auth (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Continent At-Large
Long-Distance Industrial Policy for Africa, by Justin Sandefur and Arvind Subramanian (Center for Global Development)

Renewing AGOA “As Is” Won’t Do Much for Africa’s Exports. Here’s What Could., by Justin Sandefur and Arvind Subramanian (Center for Global Development)

African Growth and Opportunity Act: Mutually Assured Construction, by Ronak Gopaldas (Institute for Security Studies)

Africa’s Democratic Dividend, by Mohamed Kheir Omer & Parselelo Ole Kantai (African Arguments)

The U.S. Is in Retreat in a Crucial Part of the World, by Ishaan Tharoor (The Washington Post)

US vs. Russia: Why the Biden Strategy in Africa May Be Failing, by Erin Banco & Lara Seligman (Politico)

The US, the West and the Future of Africa, by Jakkie Cilliers (Institute for Security Studies)

China Is Extending Its Lead Over the US in Africa’s Energy Transition, by Martin K.N Siele (Semafor)

China and America Woo African Space Agencies in the New Space Race, by Scott Firsing (London School of Economics)

African Lending Needs a Better World Bank, by Hannah Ryder (Foreign Policy)

Africa’s Digital Transformation: Closing the Digital Divide, by Kendra Gaither (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Deputy Secretary Verma’s Visit to Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Angola (U.S. Department of State)

READOUT: Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo Leads U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Roundtable (U.S. Department of the Treasury)

Central Africa/Sudans
Sudan Is Not a Lost Cause, by Suha Musa (Foreign Policy)

Sudan Is in Need — Why Is the World Silent Yet Again?, by Jeffrey Herbst (The Hill)

Cardin, Risch, Meeks, McCaul Request Determination of Human Rights Abuses Committed by Sudan’s RSF (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Chair Cardin Urges U.S., Partners to Push for Immediate Humanitarian Assistance to Sudan (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

The United States Calls for an Immediate Cessation of Attacks in El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

Rwanda-Backed Rebels Are Choking the Congolese People, Yet This Is One Conflict the World Can Easily End, by Vava Tampa (The Guardian)

DRC’s Gécamines Launches $925,000 US Influence Campaign, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

East Africa/Horn
Donors Pledge $630 Million for Conflict-Hit Ethiopia But Fall Far Short of $1 Billion Needed, by Evelyne Musambi (Associated Press)

United States Provides Nearly $154 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ethiopia (U.S. Agency for International Development)

Statement from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Helicopter Crash in Kenya (The White House)

North Africa
Has Egypt Been Playing a Double Game with Hamas?, by Michael Rubin (Middle East Forum Observer)

Tunisia Holds Valuable Lessons for Us All as Democracy Stumbles, by Gordon Gray (The Washington Diplomat)

The United States Should No Longer Ignore Tunisia’s Migration Crisis, by Yagmur A. Fitzwater (International Policy Digest)

Southern Africa
South Africa, AGOA, and Nonalignment, by Witney Schneidman (Brookings Institution)

South Africa Evades US Censure Even as It Builds Links to Rivals, by Michael Cohen (Bloomberg)

Why Rebuke Naledi Pandor for Safeguarding South Africa’s Sovereignty?, by Mavuso Msimang (Mail & Guardian)

US Legislators Threaten ‘Consequences’ if SA Arrests Citizens for Serving in Israeli Army, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

The Rare Earths Mine Becoming a Bellwether for US Minerals Policy, by Harry Dempsey (Financial Times)

Risch, Coons, Booker, Scott Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Condemning Eswatini’s Human Rights Record (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

West Africa
The US Is Losing Access to Its Bases in Niger − Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal, by Michael A. Allen, Carla Martinez Machain, Michael E. Flynn (The Conversation)

Niger’s Eviction of U.S. Commandos, Drones Derails America’s Counterterror Strategy, by Michael M. Phillips (The Wall Street Journal)

‘A Setback’: Pentagon Searches for New African Operations Turf After Coups, by John Vandiver (Stars and Stripes)

U.S. Military to Withdraw Troops From Niger, by Eric Schmitt (The New York Times)

US to Withdraw Its Troops from Niger, Source Says (Reuters)

US Agrees to Pull Troops from Niger, by Nicholas Slayton (Task & Purpose)

US Military Begins Process to Remove Troops from Troubled African Nation, by Kyle Morris (Fox News)

US to Pull Its 1,100 Troops from Niger, by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos (Responsible Statecraft)

On the Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Niger (U.S. Department of State)

US Military Withdrawal from Niger Is a ‘Particularly Big One That Hurts’, by Mike Brest (Washington Examiner)

The US Attempts a New Military Deal with Niger in a Last Ditch Effort to Stay, by Jessica Donati and Sam Mednick (Associated Press)

Military Whistleblower Accuses US Leaders of Suppressing Niger Relationship Downfall, by Mike Brest (Washington Examiner)

Defying Niger Exit Order Leaves U.S. Troops Vulnerable, Whistleblower Says, by John Hudson, Dan Lamothe, Rachel Chason and Alex Horton (The Washington Post)

U.S. Troops in Niger Say They’re “Stranded” and Can’t Get Mail, Medicine, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

Niger Gives Russia More of a Foothold in the Sahel After Ditching US and France, by Sheriff Bojang Jnr (The Africa Report)

Congressman Gaetz Releases Bombshell Report on State Department’s American Troop Crisis Cover-Up in Niger (Office of Congressman Matt Gaetz)

Chad’s Government Threatens to Kick Out US Troops as Russia Expands Influence in Africa, by Haley Britzky, Oren Liebermann, Natasha Bertran (CNN)

Chad Threatens to Expel US Troops as Russian Influence Looms Large, by Sheriff Bojang Jnr (The Africa Report)

Chad Asks US to Cease Operations at Strategic Army Base, by Katarina Hoije (Bloomberg)

Russia Moves In on Northern Africa, by the Editorial Board (The Wall Street Journal)

For Peace in Africa, Boost Regional Blocs — Like West Africa’s ECOWAS, by Joseph Sany (United States Institute of Peace)

US Sanctions ‘West African Hostage Takers’, by Sheriff Bojang Jnr (The Africa Report)

The Tragedy and Promise of #BringBackOurGirls, by Karen Attiah (The Washington Post)

Recent Events
Africa Futures Summit, April 16, 9:00am EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

9th Annual AGOA Spring Conference, April 18, 9:00am EDT (AGOA CSO Network)

The US-Africa Leadership Summit: Engagement with the African Diaspora, April 18, 10:30am (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Africa-U.S. Forum: Africa and Freedom of Expression, April 22, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California, Capital Campus)

Check out U.S.-China Competition for Africa’s Critical Resources (The China in Africa Podcast), The Past and Present of U.S-Africa Policy, and How the Youth Will Shape Its Future with Melvin Foote (Georgetown Public Policy Review) & Battle for Influence Between US and China Heats Up in Africa (CNA – Singaporean State Media)

April 16, 2024

Upcoming Events
Africa Futures Summit, April 16, 9:00am EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

9th Annual AGOA Spring Conference, April 18, 9:00am EDT (AGOA CSO Network)

Africa-U.S. Forum: Africa and Freedom of Expression, April 22, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California, Capital Campus)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Washington’s Failed Africa Policy Needs a Reset, by Daniel Twining & Will Meeker (Foreign Policy)

Continent At-Large
US Senators Introduce Bill to Renew Africa Trade Pact Through 2041, by Makini Brice (Reuters)

US Senate Introduces 16-Year AGOA Renewal, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

US Lawmakers Plan to Extend Africa Trade Pact AGOA Through 2041, by Ana Monteiro (Bloomberg)

Risch, Coons Introduce Legislation to Renew Trade Partnership Between U.S. and Sub-Saharan African Countries (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Proposed AGOA Renewal Hangs on US Elections Outcome, Say Experts, by Siphelele Dludla (IOL)

Critical Minerals in Africa: Strengthening Security, Supporting Development, and Reducing Conflict amid Geopolitical Competition (United States Institute of Peace)

Report: US Must Enhance Critical Minerals Strategy in Africa, by Nike Ching (Voice of America)

U.S. Foreign Aid Is Broken but Fixable, by Walter Kerr & Amanda Arch (Foreign Policy)

Who’s the Big Boss of the Global South? (The Economist)

Understanding Africa’s Coups, by Alex Vines (Georgetown Journal of International Affairs)

‘Matter of Time’: AFRICOM Puts Counter-Drone Systems at Top of $500M Unfunded Priorities List, by Lee Ferran & Valerie Insinna (Breaking Defense)

Central Africa/Sudans
US to Announce Additional $100 Million in Aid to Respond to Sudan Conflict, by Daphne Psaledakis (Reuters)

Looking Ahead after a Year of Conflict in Sudan, by Cameron Hudson (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Sudan: One Year into Conflict, Freedom House Urges United Action to End Violence and Aid Democratic Transition (Freedom House)

Washington Changes Strategy Ahead of Fresh Talks in Jeddah (Africa Intelligence)

Chair Cardin Statement Marking One Year Since Onset of Civil War in Sudan (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Risch on One Year Anniversary of War in Sudan (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

McCaul, Meeks Statement on One-Year Mark Since Start of Sudan Conflict (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Rwanda’s Leader Criticises Perceived US Ambiguity Over 1994 Genocide (Africanews)

Ending Congo’s Forever War, by Adekeye Adebajo (Project Syndicate)

East Africa/Horn
US Warns of Possible Attacks on ‘Multiple Locations’ in Mogadishu, by Harun Maruf (Voice of America)

Chair Cardin Statement on the Killing of Bate Urgessa in Ethiopia (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

North Africa
Secretary Blinken’s Call with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry (U.S. Department of State)

Washington’s Delicate Balancing Act with Kais Saied (Africa Intelligence)

Morocco’s Tourism Office Hires Lobbyist Joshua Kaufman for North America (Africa Intelligence)

Southern Africa
The Empty Promises of the US-EU Lobito Infrastructure Project, by Chris O. Ògúnmọ́dẹdé (Stimson Center)

US Senators Drop Plans to Mandate Immediate Review of South Africa’s Eligibility for AGOA, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

Stop Financing South Africa’s Rogue Foreign Policy, by Max Primorac (The National Interest)

To Decipher South Africa’s Strange Foreign Policy, Look to Its Past, by Keith B. Richburg (The Washington Post)

Fact Sheet: The African National Congress’s Hostility Toward the United States, by Joshua Meservey (Hudson Institute)

West Africa
What Washington Got Wrong About Niger and Russia, by John Lechner & Sergey Eledinov (Responsible Statecraft)

Rift Between US and Niger Reveals Failure of ‘Counterterrorism’ in West Africa, by Owen Schalk (Canadian Dimension)

Russian Soldiers Arrive in Niger as Relationship with U.S. Deteriorates, by Rachel Chason (The Washington Post)

Protesters in Niger Call for U.S. Military Exit as Russian Force Arrives, by Elian Peltier (The New York Times)

To Help Stabilize West Africa, Bolster a Key Partner: Nigeria, by Rachel Yeboah Boakye, Chris Kwaja, Matthew Reitman (United States Institute of Peace)

Recent Events
Leveraging the AfCFTA to Accelerate US Trade and Investment in Africa, April 10, 10:00am EDT (Brookings Institution)

Senegal’s Democracy: How Did We Get Here and What Shall We Expect?, April 10:30am EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

USAID’s Foreign Policy and International Development Priorities in the Era of Great Power Competition, April 10, 2:00pm (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Sustainable Security Solutions in West Africa, April 11, 9:00am EDT (New Lines Institute)

Check out The Political Unrest in Chad with Dr Nathaniel Powell (Centre for African Conflict & Development) & New U.S. Envoy on Ending Sudan’s War (International Crisis Group)

April 9, 2024


Upcoming Events
Leveraging the AfCFTA to Accelerate US Trade and Investment in Africa, April 10, 10:00am EDT (Brookings Institution)

Senegal’s Democracy: How Did We Get Here and What Shall We Expect?, April 10:30am EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

USAID’s Foreign Policy and International Development Priorities in the Era of Great Power Competition, April 10, 2:00pm (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Sustainable Security Solutions in West Africa, April 11, 9:00am EDT (New Lines Institute)

9th Annual AGOA Spring Conference, April 18, 9:00am EDT (AGOA CSO Network)

Africa-U.S. Forum: Africa and Freedom of Expression, April 22, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California, Capital Campus)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
In Shifting US Ties with Niger and Africa, Focus on Human Rights and Democracy to Strengthen Partnerships, by Ikechukwu Uzoma (Just Security)

Continent At-Large
Why Africans Hold the Future of Global Democracy in Their Hands, by Rama Yade (Atlantic Council)

Biden Administration Looks to Boost Africa’s Creative Industries, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Central Africa/Sudans
President Biden Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Rwanda on the Occasion of Kwibuka 30 (The White House)

Ex-President Clinton to Lead Rwanda Genocide Delegation Amid Tensions with US, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Curbing Outside Intervention in the Sudan War, Jonathan Campbell-James (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

Renewing the Call for the South Sudan Transitional Government to Conduct a Credible Investigation Into Journalist Christopher Allen’s Death (U.S. Department of State)

Ugandan Court Decision on the Anti-Homosexuality Act (U.S. Department of State)

Chair Cardin Statement on Ugandan Constitutional Court Decision Upholding Anti-Homosexuality Act (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

East Africa/Horn
US Point Out Gaps in Kenya’s Financial Management System Portal, by Boniface Otieno (The East African)

Relations Between Kenya and US Business Strained by Bribery, by Chinedu Okafor (Business Insider Africa)

North Africa
U.S. Security Cooperation with Morocco (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
Bringing South Africa to Its Knees Would Be Self-Sabotage for the US, by Naledi Pandor (Financial Times)

The US Can’t Afford to Cripple SA, Says Naledi Pandor in UK Op-Ed, by Phillip de Wet (News24)

US Concerned Over South Africa’s Growing Ties with Russia, Iran and Hamas: ‘Fallen’ for Propaganda, by Peter Aitken (Fox News)

Why a Confirmed Ambassador and Revised Strategy Are Needed to Advance U.S. Foreign Policy Interests in Zimbabwe, by Charles A. Ray & Michael Walsh (Afro News)

West Africa
How the United States Lost Niger, by Cameron Hudson (Foreign Policy)

The United States Needs to Get Troops Out of Niger, by William Walldorf (The Hill)

Niger’s Pivot to Moscow: What’s Next for US Engagement in Africa?, by Raphael Parens, Christopher Faulkner, Marcel Plichta (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Counter-Terror Turned the Sahel into a Coup-Belt. U.S. Policy in the Region Should Move On., by Hannah Rae Armstrong (Center for International Policy)

The US War on Terror in West Africa Is a Continuing Disaster, by Nick Turse (Jacobin)

Senegal Just Saved Its Democracy. That Helps All West Africa., by Joseph Sany (United States Institute of Peace)

Could Togo’s New Constitution Jeopardize its Stability?, by Komlan Avoulete (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Recent Events
The State of Governance and Rule of Law in Uganda, April 3, 10:00am EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Implementing the Global Fragility Act in Sub-Saharan Africa, April 3, 3:00pm EDT (Howard University)

Building Peace and Resilience in West Africa – a Conversation with ECOWAS Vice President Damtien L. Tchintchibidja, April 4, 9:30am (Georgetown University)

Crossroads of Democracy: A Conversation about Senegal’s Current Political Landscape, April 4, 12:00pm EDT (Georgetown University)

Kenya’s and Zambia’s Relations with China 1949-2019, April 5, 10:30am (Georgetown University)

Check out Investigating US-Trained Coup Leaders in Africa (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

April 2, 2024

Upcoming Events
The State of Governance and Rule of Law in Uganda, April 3, 10:00am EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Implementing the Global Fragility Act in Sub-Saharan Africa, April 3, 3:00pm EDT (Howard University)

Building Peace and Resilience in West Africa – a Conversation with ECOWAS Vice President Damtien L. Tchintchibidja, April 4, 9:30am (Georgetown University)

Crossroads of Democracy: A Conversation about Senegal’s Current Political Landscape, April 4, 12:00pm EDT (Georgetown University)

Kenya’s and Zambia’s Relations with China 1949-2019, April 5, 10:30am (Georgetown University)

Leveraging the AfCFTA to Accelerate US Trade and Investment in Africa, April 10, 10:00am EDT (Brookings Institution)

9th Annual AGOA Spring Conference, April 18, 9:00am EDT (AGOA CSO Network)

Africa-U.S. Forum: Africa and Freedom of Expression, April 22, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California, Capital Campus)

News & Analysis
Top Picks
South Africa’s Strong Relationship with the U.S. Can Withstand Disagreements, by Cyril Ramaphosa (The Washington Post)

America Must Act to Prevent a Rwanda-Congo War, by Evan W. Nachtrieb (Foreign Policy)

Continent At-Large
America’s African Balancing Act, by Scott Firsing (The National Interest)

Crafting US Foreign Policy in Light of Africa’s Geopolitical Importance, by Joshua Meservey (Hudson Institute)

Russia Is Creating Havoc in Africa, by Stavros Atlamazoglou (The National Interest)

US Still Has an Edge over Russia in Africa, Says AFRICOM Commander, by Lenin Ndebele (News24)

Pentagon Ignores Law Calling for Report on How It Trained So Many African Coup Leaders, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

ISIS Still a Threat but More Active in Asia and Africa, Pentagon Says, by Patty Nieberg (Task & Purpose)

The Trouble With “the Global South”: What the West Gets Wrong About the Rest, by Comfort Ero (Foreign Affairs)

Making Africa a Top Priority for Bretton Woods Institutions, by Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou (Atlantic Council)

How Business Builds Bridges Between the U.S. and Africa (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

USAID Launches the Africa Trade Desk through Prosper Africa (U.S. Agency for International Development)

U.S. Department of State Announces Film, Music, and Television Platforms to Strengthen the U.S.-African Creative Economies (U.S. Department of State)

Central Africa/Sudans
US Eyes April 18 to Potentially Resume Sudan Peace Talks in Jeddah, by Nike Ching (Voice of America)

US Pushes for Sudan Talks, by Mathias Hammer (Semafor)

We Can’t Bear to Think About Sudan and Haiti, So We Don’t, by Andreas Kluth (Bloomberg)

East Africa/Horn
Somali Troops Train Alongside U.S. Forces in Justified Accord Military Exercise, by Jeff Schogol (Task & Purpose)

North Africa
Inside the Plan to Send American Diplomats Back to Libya, by Elizabeth Hagedorn (Al-Monitor)

Southern Africa
Pretoria Walks a Tightrope on US Relations, by Peter Fabricius (Institute for Security Studies)

South Africa’s ‘High-Wire’ Act with the US, by Matt Berg & Eric Bazail-Eimil (Politico)

Wall Street Journal Slams SA as Crucial Bill to Review US Relationship Gains Traction, by Ahmed Areff (News24)

US Pledges Additional $22M to Fight Terrorism in Mozambique, by Charles Mangwiro (Voice of America)

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Announces Partnerships for Peace in Northern Mozambique (U.S. Embassy in Mozambique)

Changing the Status Quo in US-Zimbabwe Relations, by Charles A. Ray & Michael Walsh (Orbis)

A Novel Analysis of the Integrated Country Strategies for Malawi and Zimbabwe, by Michael Walsh (Orbis)

West Africa
US Withdrawal from Niger Signals a Shift in Western Influence in the Sahel, by Abigail Kabandula (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Procurement by Proxy: How Sahelian Juntas Acquire Equipment from Ousted Security Partners, by Nina Wilén (Egmont Institute)

Statement from President Joe Biden Congratulating Bassirou Diomaye Faye as President-elect of Senegal (The White House)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with President-Elect Bassirou Diomaye Faye of Senegal (U.S. Department of State)

Democracy Decline in West Africa:   A Conversation with Policy Actors  – Remarks by Ambassador Palmer (U.S. Embassy in Ghana)

Son of Guinea-Bissau’s Ex-President Jailed in US for Trafficking Drugs to Fund Coup, by Gloria Aradi (BBC News)

Recent Events
What Is the Future of U.S.-Africa Trade Policy?, March 27, 2:00pm EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Check out Revitalizing US-Africa Relations with Witney Schneidman (Conversations with Gofaone) & Great Power Competition in Africa: Threat Status with Ambassador Johnnie Carson (Washington Times)

March 26, 2024

Upcoming Events
What Is the Future of U.S.-Africa Trade Policy?, March 27, 2:00pm EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Implementing the Global Fragility Act in Sub-Saharan Africa, April 3, 3:00pm EDT (Howard University)

News & Analysis
Top Picks
The Cost of Paternalism: Sahelian Countries Push Back on the West, by Catherine Nzuki (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

For Sahel Stability, U.S. Needs Broader, Coordinated Policy, by Kris Inman & Matthew Reitman (United States Institute of Peace)

Continent At-Large
U.S. Plans to Build Africa’s Infrastructure Bring Opportunities, Challenges, by Cobus van Staden (United States Institute of Peace)

Why the United States Struggles to Compete With China in Building African Infrastructure: Report, by Barry van Wyk (China Global South Project)

The Sustainability of Developmental Programs by the U.S. and China in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparison of Effectiveness, by Mandy Dagold & Mitchel Stimers (SN Social Sciences)

As America’s Stake in Africa Fades, Malign Actors Are Filling the Vacuum Amid a Historic Debt Crisis, by M.J. Koch (New York Sun)

Is China Eyeing a Second Military Base in Africa as the US Struggles to Maintain One in Niger?, by Alex Vines, Armida van Rij, Henry Tugendhat (Chatham House)

African Crossroads: US-China Competition in a Continent’s Evolution, by Momina Saleem Baig (Eurasia Review)

US-Led Security Efforts in Africa Face Torrent of Pro-Russia Propaganda, Report Finds, by John Vandiver (Stars and Stripes)

The Gulf State Rivaling China and the US in Africa, by Neil Munshi (Bloomberg)

AFRICOM Commander Testifies Before Congress (AFRICOM)

Achieving Peace, Sahel States Yet to Learn from Mozambique, by Kester Kenn Klomegah (Eurasia Review)

How ‘Democratic’ U.S. Disregards Humanitarian Values, by CGNT (Chinese State Media) (The Citizen Tanzania)

PEPFAR: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, by Mark Green (Wilson Center)

US Top Treasury Official Stresses America’s Ambitions for Africa’s Metal Resources, by Adekunle Agbetiloye (Business Insider)

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Bitter Travels to Nigeria and Ethiopia (U.S. Department of State)

U.S. Chamber’s “Advance with Africa” Event Spurs U.S.-Africa Business Opportunities (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Readout of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s US-Africa Policy Working Group Meeting with Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee (Office of Representative Ilhan Omar)

Central Africa/Sudans
Squeezed by African Coups, Biden Cozies up to the World’s Worst Dictator, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

US, Allies Urge South Sudan to Ensure Genuine Elections (Reuters)

Joint Statement on South Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

US Slammed Over African Discrimination Against Cameroon Separatists, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Power Africa Opens New Office in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo)

East Africa/Horn
Washington’s “One Somalia” Delusion, by J. Peter Pham (The National Interest)

US-China Scramble for Africa: Why Kenya Is at the Centre of Militarisation of the Horn, by Juma Kwayera (Nation Africa)

Atrocity Survivors in Ethiopia Remain Without Justice (Amnesty International)

North Africa
Egypt Is What Happens When the U.S. Gives Up on Democratization, by Shady ElGhazaly Harb (Foreign Policy)

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Egyptian President El-Sisi (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
South Africa Joins the Anti-U.S. Axis, by the Editorial Board (The Wall Street Journal)

Bill That Calls for Full Review of US Relations with SA Crosses First Hurdle in US Congress, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

South Africa Accuses US Congress of Adding it to a New ‘Axis of Evil’ Over Israel Genocide Case, by Anita Powell (Voice of America)

Ramaphosa Responds to Latest Tensions Between South Africa and the United States (BusinessTech)

SA-US Relationship Built on Mutual Respect and Cooperation (South African Government News Agency)

U.S., Seychelles Conduct Bilateral Maritime Security Engagements (U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa)

West Africa
Responding to Security Threats from the Sahel: What Role for External Security Partnerships in Coastal West African States?, by Folashadé Soulé (Megatrends Afrika)

U.S. Searching for a Way to Keep Troops in Niger, by Eric Schmitt (The New York Times)

U.S. Seeks to Keep Troops in Niger After Key Ally Calls Their Presence Illegal, by Rachel Chason, Dan Lamothe, Michael Birnbaum (The Washington Post)

US Forces Not Yet Being Kicked Out of Niger, Top Defense Official Tells Congress, by Corey Dickstein (Stars and Stripes)

Niger’s Decision to End a US Military Pact Raises New Uncertainty, by Alexis Akwagyiram (Semafor)

US Gets ‘Mixed Signals’ from Niger on Future of US Troops, US General Says (Reuters)

US Holds Out Hope for Partnership with Niger, by Jeff Seldin (Voice of America)

Niger Has Cut Military Ties with the US: Why This Is Bad for the Sahel’s Security, by Olayinka Ajala (The Conversation)

America’s Forfeiture of Niger Emerges as Part of a Pattern Stretching All the Way to Australia, by Aleksandra Gadzala Tirziu (New York Sun)

A U.S. Exit from Niger Would Be No Catastrophe, by Daniel R. Depetris (National Review)

US Fears Russia’s Influence in Africa After Niger Junta Cancels Security Pact, by Robert Tait (The Guardian)

Why the Nigerien Junta Wants to Kick US Troops Out, by Alex Thurston (Responsible Statecraft)

Why Niger Declared US Military Presence in its Territory Illegal, by Pavan Kulkarni (Internationalist 360°)

U.S. Accuses Niger of Iran Uranium Deal (Foundation for the Defense of Democracies)

Russia’s Lies Helped Persuade Niger to Eject US Troops, AFRICOM Says, by Patrick Tucker (DefenseOne)

Did Russia, Iran Provoke Niger Walkout from US Military Pact? (Al-Jazeera)

Nigeria Launches $200 Million Global Philanthropy Push in Silicon Valley, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Recent Events
Are South Africa-U.S. Relations at a Turning Point? A Conversation With Naledi Pandor, March 19, 11:00am EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Sudan’s Vital Humanitarian and Political Situation, March 19, 12:00pm EDT (Georgetown University)

Playing Both Sides or Being Played? Africa in China-U.S. Tech Wars, March 21, 9:00am EDT (Georgetown University)

Africa-U.S. Forum: Africa and the Diaspora, March 25, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California)

Check out Democratic Renewal in Africa (United States Institute of Peace)

March 19, 2024


Upcoming Events
Are South Africa-U.S. Relations at a Turning Point? A Conversation With Naledi Pandor, March 19, 11:00am EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Sudan’s Vital Humanitarian and Political Situation, March 19, 12:00pm EDT (Georgetown University)

Playing Both Sides or Being Played? Africa in China-U.S. Tech Wars, March 21, 9:00am EDT (Georgetown University)

Africa-U.S. Forum: Africa and the Diaspora, March 25, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California)

What Is the Future of U.S.-Africa Trade Policy?, March 27, 2:00pm EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Implementing the Global Fragility Act in Sub-Saharan Africa, April 3, 3:00pm EDT (Howard University)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Homophobic Laws Threaten U.S.-Ghana Ties, by Howard W. French (Foreign Policy)

Continent At-Large
The War on Terror Is Back, by Ilan Berman (The National Interest)

America’s Disastrous ‘War on Terror’ in Africa Is Now a Global Security Crisis, by Christine Odera (Euronews)

U.S. Intelligence Report Details Mounting Anxieties Over China’s Increased Influence in the Global South, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

Is There a Silver Lining for Africa in China’s Slowdown?, by W. Gyude Moore (Center for Global Development)

Africa to Play ‘Huge Role’ in US Critical Mineral Strategy, says Treasury’s No. 2, by Joe Bavier (Reuters)

The Critical-Minerals Boom Is Here. Can Africa Take Advantage?, by Alexander Tripp (Atlantic Council)

The Middle East and Africa’s Strategic Minerals, by J. Peter Pham (Powers of Africa)

North America: Who’s Who in African Mining, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Homophobia in Africa: The American Far-Right’s Footprint, by Martina Schwikowski (DW)

African Countries Expect Trump Neglect, But Some Won’t Mind, by Dave Clark (Agence France Presse)

Assistant Secretary Witkowsky’s Travel to Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Kenya (U.S. Department of State)

Assistant Secretary Noyes Travels to Ethiopia and Chad (U.S. Department of State)

President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States Meeting in Atlanta (U.S. Department of State)

Central Africa/Sudans
Promoting Accountability for Corruption that Fuels South Sudan’s Conflict (U.S. Department of State)

East Africa/Horn
An East African Port Deal the World Should Applaud, by Tibor Nagy & Joshua Meservey (The National Interest)

On the Hunt for al-Qaida in East Africa with the US Military’s Most Secretive Unit, by Adam Gamal & Kelly Kennedy (Military.com)

New US Airstrike in Somalia Kills Three al-Shabab Fighters, by Harun Maruf (Voice of America)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with President Ruto (U.S. Department of State)

United States Announces More Than $80 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ethiopia (U.S. Agency for International Development)

North Africa
US Wants to Reopen Embassy in Libya, by Jennifer Hansler (CNN)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Mauritanian President Ghazouani (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
US Treasury’s No. 2 Urges South Africa to Boost Fight Against Corruption, by Andrea Shalal (Reuters)

US Treasury’s Adeyemo Says He’s More Bullish on South Africa, by Antony Sguazzin (Bloomberg)

Remarks by Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo on the U.S. – South Africa Economic Relationship (U.S. Department of the Treasury)

Load Shedding Needs More Political Will Than Resources – US Deputy Secretary of Treasury, by Banele Ginindza (IOL)

Anger Rises Over South Africa Making Millions in US Benefits While Cozying Up to Iran, Russia and Hamas, by Paul Tilsley (Fox News)

Political Spat Brews Over South African Opposition’s Appeal to US, by Kate Bartlett (Voice of America)

S.Africa Opposition Triggers Vote Row With Call For US Observers, by Zama Luthuli (Agence France Presse)

SA Engages US on Efforts to Exit Grey List (South African Government News Agency)

US-Zimbabwe Relations Take Another Turn for the Worse, by Farai Shawn Matiashe (The Africa Report)

West Africa
Niger Orders American Troops to Leave Its Territory, by Ruth Maclean & Eric Schmitt (The New York Times)

Niger Junta Announces End to Military Relationship with United States, by Rachel Chason, Omar Hama Saley, Rachel Pannett (The Washington Post)

Niger Ends Military Agreement with US, Calls It ‘Profoundly Unfair’, by Mitchell McCluskey & Heather Chen (CNN)

Niger’s Junta Says US Military Presence Is No Longer Justified, by Dalatou Mamane (Associated Press)

Niger Breaks Off Military Cooperation with US, as Junta Moves Closer to Russia (Agence France Presse)

Niger Ordered US Troops to Leave After Biden Officials Warned About Ties to Russia, Iran: Pentagon, by Ellen Mitchell (The Hill)

Niger Termination of U.S. Military Ties Followed Accusation of Iran Uranium Deal, by Michael R. Gordon, Gabriele Steinhauser, Laurence Norman, Michael M. Phillips (The Wall Street Journal)

Russia Undermining Relationship of Critical West African Ally with the US, Officials Say, by Natasha Bertrand & Oren Liebermann (CNN)

US Military Contingent in Niger Still in Country Despite Junta Declaration, by John Vandiver (Stars and Stripes)

US Military Operations Across the Sahel Are at Risk After Niger Ends Cooperation, by Jessica Donati & Sam Mednick (Associated Press)

US Weighing Options in Africa After Niger Junta Orders Departure from Key Counterterrorism Base, by Tara Copp & Matthew Lee (Associated Press)

U.S. Working Diplomatically With Niger on New Path of Cooperation, by David Vergun (U.S. Department of Defense)

Chairman McCaul Issues Statement on Junta’s Decision to Limit American Access in Niger (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

US Renews Contact with Niger (Agence France Presse)

US General, Senior Officials Hold Talks With Niger Junta (Agence France Presse)

U.S. Officials Travel to Niger (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events

Check out Sudan Conflict: US Envoy Tom Perriello Says There’s Political Will to End the War (BBC), Is Niger Giving America the Boot? (The National Security Institute), and Jeremy Garlick on China’s Strategic Advantage in the Global South (The China Global South Podcast)

March 12, 2024


Upcoming Events
Are South Africa-U.S. Relations at a Turning Point? A Conversation With Naledi Pandor, March 19, 11:00am EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Sudan’s Vital Humanitarian and Political Situation, March 19, 12:00pm EDT (Georgetown University)

Playing Both Sides or Being Played? Africa in China-U.S. Tech Wars, March 21, 9:00am EDT (Georgetown University)

Africa-U.S. Forum: Africa and the Diaspora, March 25, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
US State Department’s Molly Phee Lays Out ‘Challenge’ of Dealing with Putschist Regimes, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Continent At-Large
Biden Should Ditch Trump’s Tainted Legacy in Africa, by Jeffrey Smith (Foreign Policy)

Five Africa Policy Changes if Trump Wins US Presidency, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Washington Wants to Revive a Critical Minerals Mega-Railway Through Africa, by Christina Lu (Foreign Policy)

Lawmakers Accuse Small U.S. Aid Agency of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse, by Robbie Gramer (Foreign Policy)

Understanding America’s Complicated Relationship with Africa, by Scott Firsing (International Policy Digest)

AFRICOM FY2025 Posture Statement (AFRICOM)

The Forgotten Wars, by Lawrence Freedman (The New Statesman)

America’s Failed ‘War on Terror’ Has Left Africa on the Brink of Chaos, by Christine Odera (Newsweek)

Military Aid Will Not End Terrorism in Africa, by William Rampe (The National Interest)

African Women Activists Count on US to Amplify Their Message, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

The ‘Luxury Route’ to the U.S. for African Migrants, by Annie Correal (The New York Times)

China’s Africa Footprint and the US, by Antonio Graceffo (Taipei Times)

Pentagon’s Top General for U.S. Forces in Africa Isn’t as Worried About Chinese Bases and Debt Traps as He Used to Be, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

Several African Countries on Verge of Falling Prey to Russia, Leading General Tells Senators, by John Vandiver (Stars and Stripes)

Senior US General Warns About Russia’s Growing Influence in Africa, by Haley Britzky (CNN)

Designating Entities Linked to Russia’s Malign Activities in Africa (U.S. Department of State)

Treasury Sanctions Companies and Individuals Advancing Russian Malign Activities in Africa (U.S. Department of the Treasury)

How to Clean Up the Clean Energy Transition: Preventing Violence Over New ‘Conflict Minerals’, by Tarek Ghani, Juan S. Lozano, Anouk Rigterink and Jacob Shapiro (Just Security)

U.S. Africa Command Civilian Casualty Assessment Report; 1st Quarter, FY2024 (AFRICOM)

US Africa Command Acquiring Hostile Fire Detectors (defenceWeb)

US Christian Right Has Taken Aim at LGBTIQ+ Rights, Sex Education and Abortion in Africa – New Book, by Haley McEwen (The Conversation)

Digital Press Briefing on U.S. Environmental Efforts on the African Continent (U.S. Department of State)

Central Africa/Sudans
US Begins Push to End War Between Two ‘Bad Actors’ in Sudan, by David Pilling & Gioia Shah (Financial Times)

US Pushes for UN Security Council Action to End War in Sudan, by Michelle Nichols (Reuters)

Risch, McCaul, Scott, James on Temporary Appointment of Perriello as Special Envoy for Sudan (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Special Envoy for Sudan Perriello Travels to Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (U.S. Department of State)

In Congo, Peace Means a Halt to ‘Brutal, Illegal Mining’, by James Rupert (United States Institute of Peace)

US Court Sides with Apple, Tesla, Other Tech Companies Over Child Labor in Africa, by Jonathan Stempel (Reuters)

Google, Tesla, Apple: Blow for Activists as US Court Dismisses Child Labour Cases, by Sheriff Bojang Jnr (The Africa Report)

Thousands of Ugandans May Sue Over U.S. Security Work in Iraq, Afghanistan, by Julius Karugaba (Semafor)

US: Two Charged with Conspiracy to Illegally Export Weapons to South Sudan, by Sheriff Bojang Jnr (The Africa Report)

Promoting Accountability for Transnational Repression Against South Sudanese Nationals Abroad (U.S. Department of State)

East Africa/Horn
Ethiopia’s Fano Militias Launch US Lobbying Campaign, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Who Could Have Predicted the U.S. War in Somalia Would Fail? The Pentagon., by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

Three More Members of Congress Call On Pentagon to Make Amends to Somali Family, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

Designating Transnational Network Supporting al-Shabaab (U.S. Department of State)

U.S. Forces Engage Insurgents in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia (AFRICOM)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Kenyan President Ruto (U.S. Department of State)

Coordinator Richard’s Travel to Kenya (U.S. Department of State)

North Africa
US State Department Magazine Highlights Long-Standing, Multifaceted Partnership with Morocco, an Exporter of Peace in a Challenging Region (North Africa Post)

Southern Africa
US Ends Controversial Zimbabwe Sanctions in Favour of Targeted Penalties, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

US Sanctions Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa Over Human Rights, by Akayla Gardner (Bloomberg)

Sanctioning Human Rights Abusers and Corrupt Actors, and Termination of Zimbabwe Sanctions Authority (U.S. Department of State)

Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson on U.S. Sanctions on Zimbabwean Individuals and Entities (The White House)

Risch on New Global Magnitsky Sanctions on Zimbabwe (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

US Accuses Zimbabwe of Harassing and Deporting Officials, as Relations Deteriorate Further, by Farai Mutsaka (Associated Press)

Zimbabwe, After Expelling U.S. Officials, Accuses Them of Promoting ‘Regime Change’, by John Eligon (The New York Times)

Government of Zimbabwe Forcibly Removed USAID Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Assessment Team (U.S. Department of State)

South Africa Says Some US Lawmakers Have Taken ‘Very Negative’ Position Towards Country After ICJ Case, by Mustafa Deveci (Anadolu Agency)

Chairman McCaul Calls upon Biden Administration to Intervene in South Africa’s Meritless Genocide Case Against Israel at ICJ (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

US Is Committed to Deepening Trade Ties and Investing in the South African Economy, by Wally Adeyemo (Daily Maverick)

US Treasury’s No. 2 to Visit South Africa This Week, by Daphne Psaledakis (Reuters)

Stop Bailing Out South Africa’s Corrupt Leaders, by Orde F. Kittrie (The Hill)

DA Urges Western Governments to Help Counter Threats to 29 May Polls, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

Ramaphosa Says DA Is Trying to Sell SA to the United States, by Samkele Maseko (SABC News)

Ramaphosa Accuses DA of ‘Almost Mortgaging’ SA to the West, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with South African National Security Advisor Sydney Mufamadi (The White House)

USAID Grants N$19 Million to Namibian Hydrogen Fund (U.S. Agency for International Development)

West Africa
Chad’s “Democratic” Transition, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

On the Elections Delay in Mali (U.S. Department of State)

Dakar Seeks Help from Washington to Secure Its Borders (Africa Intelligence)

In Senegal’s Capital, Nicaragua Is a Hot Ticket Among Travel Agents as Migrants Try to Reach US, by Baba Ahmed (Associated Press)

Ghanaian Parliament’s Passage of Legislation Undermines Human Rights (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
Advancing Peaceful and Democratic Transitions in Africa, February 28, 10:00am EST (United States Institute of Peace)

The State of Democracy in Africa, February 29, 9:00am EST (Atlantic Council)

The Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline At a Crossroads, March 6, 11:00am EST (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

African Agency and the Use of Private Military and Security Forces, March 7, 11:00am GMT (King’s College London)

Testimony on the Posture of United States Central Command and United States Africa Command in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2025 and the Future Years Defense Program, March 7, 10:00am EST (Senate Armed Services Committee)

Rethinking the U.S. Approach in the Global South, March 7, 3:00pm EST (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

A Global Imperative for Action: Response and Prevention to the Military Coups in Africa, March 11, 1:00pm EDT (Wilson Center)

Food Security Conference Geopolitics, Geoeconomics and Food Insecurity in Africa, March 12, 7:00am EDT (South African Institute for International Affairs)

Check out South Africa-US Relations at a Crossroads (New Lines Magazine) & South Sudanese Nationals Face US Illegal Weapon Export Charges (Voice of America)

February 27, 2024

Upcoming Events
Advancing Peaceful and Democratic Transitions in Africa, February 28, 10:00am EST (United States Institute of Peace)

The State of Democracy in Africa, February 29, 9:00am EST (Atlantic Council)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
US Bets on $2.3 Billion African Railway to Help Deliver EV Revolution, by Matthew Hill (Bloomberg)

Continent At-Large
US Increasingly Worried About Kremlin’s Disinfo Operations in Africa, by Joseph Gedeon (Politico)

US-Led Partnership to Develop Atlantic Coast Takes Root in Africa, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Africa’s Coup Calamity: What Happened to Deterrence?, by Claude Lambert (War on the Rocks)

How Will US Move to Pause New LNG Exports Impact Africa?, by Harry Clynch (African Business)

Terrorism a Continuing Threat, Particularly in Africa (Voice of America)

Twenty-Third Cohort of Young African Leaders Receives U.S. Government Support (United States Agency for International Development)

Central Africa/Sudans
Dirty Money Is Destroying Sudan: How America Can Stop Money Launderers From Funding Africa’s Worst Civil War, by John Prendergast (Foreign Affairs)

Online Briefing with Molly Phee, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Michael Hammer, Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa; and John Godfrey, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

Condemning the Obstruction of Humanitarian Assistance and Closing of Civic Space in Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

Announcement of a Special Envoy for Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

US Names Tom Perriello New Special Envoy to Sudan in Push to End War, by Mawahib Abdallatif (The East African)

The United States Tells Rwanda and Congo They Must ‘Walk Back from the Brink of War’, by Edith M. Lederer (Associated Press)

US Ambassador Meets With Gabon Coup Leader, by Moki Edwin Kindzeka (Voice of America)

It Is Not the End of AGOA for Uganda, Says Ambassador Kakonge, by Isaac Mufumba (Monitor Uganda)

US and Russia Clash at UN Security Council Over Bangui’s Overflight Ban (Africa Intelligence)

East Africa/Horn
Phee’s Folly: Why Is the US Building Bases for a Chinese Ally?, by Michael Rubin (Washington Examiner)

Al-Shabab Reports Cuban Hostages Killed by US Airstrikes, by Harun Maruf (Voice of America)

US Assessing Whether Air Strike Against al-Shabaab in Somalia Killed Two Cuban Doctors Held by Group, by Oren Liebermann & Hamdi Alkhshali (CNN)

AFRICOM Responds to Somali Militants’ Claim that US Strike Killed Civilian Hostages, by John Vandiver (Stars and Stripes)

What the Ethiopia-Somaliland Deal Means for Washington’s Strategy in the Red Sea, by Maxwell Webb (Atlantic Council)

If the State Department Wants to Scuttle the Somaliland-Ethiopia Deal, Recognize Somaliland, by Michael Rubin (AEIdeas)

Ruto’s US State Visit Needs to Navigate America’s Uncertain Political Future, by Declan Galvin (The Kenyan Wall Street)

US-Led Kenya Exercise Represents Novel Mission for Group of Somali Soldiers, by Brian Erickson (Stars and Stripes)

North Africa
AFRICOM Commander Visits Morocco (AFRICOM)

Morocco, ‘Beacon of Security & Cooperation in the Region’ – US AFRICOM Commander (North Africa Post)

Southern Africa
A New Effort to Punish South Africa Is a Terrible Look for Democrats, by Karen Attiah (The Washington Post)

President Ramaphosa Meets with US Congressional Delegation (Presidency of South Africa)

Unveiling a Dictatorship — Angola’s New Security Law, by Paula Cristina Roque & David Boio (Daily Maverick)

West Africa
For Peace in Sahel, African and U.S. Experts Urge Focused Partnership, by Katia Cavigelli & James Rupert (United States Institute of Peace)

U.S. Struggles for Influence in West Africa as Military Juntas Rise, by Rachel Chason & Michael Birnbaum (The Washington Post)

Benin Offers 2,000 Troops to Haiti Force, US Ambassador Says (Reuters)

Recent Events
China in the Global South: Development and Influence in a Shifting Global Order, February 21, 9:00am EST (Atlantic Council)

Peace, Security and Prosperity in the Sahel, February 21, 9:30am EST (United States Institute of Peace)

Africa-U.S. Forum: African Agency and Global Powers, February 26, 9:00am EST (University of Southern California)

Security in the Horn of Africa: A Discussion with Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister, February 26, 9:00am EST (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Check out Thomas Sheehy on U.S. Investment in Africa’s Critical Minerals Infrastructure (United States Institute of Peace) & Russian Disinformation Targets US and Western Allies (Voice of America)

February 20, 2024

Upcoming Events
Peace, Security and Prosperity in the Sahel, February 21, 9:30am EST (United States Institute of Peace)

Africa-U.S. Forum: African Agency and Global Powers, February 26, 9:00am EST (University of Southern California)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
US Government’s $300 Million for West Africa — How to Make it Count, by Will Meeker & Patrick Quirk (Just Security)

Continent At-Large
Trust Deficit: Historical Obstacles Hamper U.S. Relations in Africa, by Mvemba Phezo Dizolele (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Assisting Africa’s Security and Development Needs Does Not Have to Be a Football Match, by Andrey Kortunov (Modern Diplomacy)

Strategic Minerals Geopolitics in Africa: Unraveling Great Power Competition, by Ayesha Abrar (Modern Diplomacy)

The United States Deeply Committed to Africa Trade, by Julie LeBlanc (B&FT Online)

Central Africa/Sudans
Rwanda Rejects US Calls for Withdrawal of Missiles and Troops from Eastern Congo, by Rodney Muhumuza (Associated Press)

Escalation of Hostilities in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (U.S. Department of State)

McCaul, Meeks Statement on Conflict in Eastern DRC (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

What Next for Equatorial Guinea After Oil?, by Ken Opalo (An Africanist Perspective)

East Africa/Horn
United States Lacks Strategic Clarity on the Horn of Africa, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

US to Build 5 New Military Bases for Somali Army, Which Faces a Rebellion by an Extremist Group, by Omar Faruk (Associated Press)

Somali, U.S. Forces Engage Insurgents in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia (AFRICOM)

Assistant Secretary Phee’s Travel to Somalia (U.S. Department of State)

Biden to Welcome Kenyan President to the White House in May (Associated Press)

Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the State Visit of President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto of Kenya (The White House)

Recognize Somaliland as an Independent Nation, by Eliot Wilson (The Hill)

North Africa
US Envoy to Visit Egypt, Israel for Hostage Talks, Official Says (Reuters)

U.S. – Tunisian Leaders Meet to Foster Bilateral Security Cooperation (U.S. Embassy in Tunisia)

Southern Africa
US Lawmakers Warn South Africa Over Hamas Ties, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

SA in US Headlights with Foreign Policy, by Steven Gruzd (South African Jewish Report)

Could the US and Other States Be Implicated in South Africa’s Genocide Case Against Israel?, by Celeste Kmiotek (Atlantic Council)

The Lobito Corridor: Building Africa’s Most Important Railway, by Ellington Arnold (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

U.S. Navy Leaders Visit Madagascar for Women, Peace and Security, Bilateral Engagements (U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa)

West Africa
West Africa Continues Slide Toward Instability, by Alex Thurston (Responsible Statecraft)

As Senate Considers New Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Human Rights Focus Would Strengthen US Policy, by Ousmane Diallo & Kate Hixon (Just Security)

On Senegal’s Constitutional Court Decision (U.S. Department of State)

US Urges Senegalese President Sall to Restore Senegal’s Electoral Calendar (Reuters)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Senegalese President Sall (U.S. Department of State)

Sacked Twitter Staff in Ghana Finally Get Pay-Off, by Nkechi Ogbonna (BBC)

Recent Events
Senegal’s Suspended Elections, Coups, and Jihadi Militancy in West Africa, February 13, 10:00am EST (Brookings Institution)

The Future of Freedom in Nigeria, February 14, 2:00pm EST (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Check out The Problem With US Security Assistance to Africa (American Prestige)

February 13, 2024

Upcoming Events
Senegal’s Suspended Elections, Coups, and Jihadi Militancy in West Africa, February 13, 10:00am EST (Brookings Institution)

The Future of Freedom in Nigeria, February 14, 2:00pm EST (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Peace, Security and Prosperity in the Sahel, February 21, 9:30am EST (United States Institute of Peace)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Suddenly, Senegal Is a New Risk for Democracy in Africa, by Johnnie Carson & Joseph Sany (United States Institute of Peace)

Continent At-Large
America Should Not Allow Its Trade Programme with Africa to Die, by Zainab Usman (Financial Times)

Russian Intelligence Is Pushing False Claims of U.S. Biological Testing in Africa, U.S. Says, by Michael R. Gordon, Gabriele Steinhauser, Dustin Volz, Ann M. Simmons (The Wall Street Journal)

The Kremlin’s Efforts to Spread Deadly Disinformation in Africa (U.S. Department of State)

Terrorism in Africa Increased 100,000% During ‘War on Terror’, by Nick Turse (Responsible Statecraft)

Erik Prince Calls for U.S. to Colonize Africa and Latin America, by Jon Schwarz (The Intercept)

2024 U.S.-Africa Business Summit: Partnering for Sustainable Success; Celebrating MCC’s 20 Years of Poverty-Reducing Development (Africa.com)

Central Africa/Sudans
Congressional Leaders Accuse Hemeti’s RSF of Genocide in Darfur, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

The Great Sudan Policy Reset, by Cameron Hudson (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Rwanda Takes Washington by Storm, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

U.S.-China Tensions Have a New Front: A Naval Base in Africa, by Michael M. Phillips (The Wall Street Journal)

Exxon Mobil to Exit Equatorial Guinea (Reuters)

U.S. Special Operations Africa Supports Donation of Humanitarian Assistance to Equatorial Guinea (U.S. Army)

Congo’s Election Was a Debacle for Everyone but Tshisekedi, by Chris Olaoluwa Ògúnmọ́dẹdé (World Politics Review)

Congo Protesters Burn US and Belgian Flags, Target Western Embassies, by Ange Adihe Kasongo (Reuters)

U.S. Tries Again to Secure China-Free Critical Resources Supply From the DR Congo, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

DRC: Trafigura, Ivanhoe Sign Copper Export Deal via US-Backed Corridor (Agence France Presse)

East Africa/Horn
Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland’s Meeting with Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Defense Duale (U.S. Department of State)

Austin Praises Close U.S.-Kenya Partnership, by Joseph Clark (U.S. Department of Defense)

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Meeting With Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Defence Aden Duale (U.S. Department of Defense)

Why Is the US Paying Kenya to Clean Up the Mess We Made in Haiti?, by Amy Wilentz (The Nation)

US Calls for Investigation into Alleged Civilian Killings in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region (Associated Press)

Assistant Secretary Phee’s Travel to Ethiopia (U.S. Department of State)

North Africa
Biden Sending CIA Chief to Egypt in Latest Push for Gaza Hostage Deal, by Barak Ravid (Axios)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Algerian Foreign Minister Attaf (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
U.S., Zambia, AFC Host PGI Forum to Strengthen Investment in Lobito Corridor (U.S. Department of State)

US Commits $360 Million to Lobito Corridor Project, by James Anyanzwa (The East African)

US to Commit More Funds to Africa’s Lobito Corridor – Envoy, by Chris Mfula (Reuters)

Lobito Corridor: Hoping to Break China’s Grip on African Ore, by Jonas Gerding (DW)

New US Bill Calls on the Biden Administration to Review America’s Relations with South Africa, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

South Africa Dismisses US Lawmakers’ Bid to Review Relations, by S’thembile Cele (Bloomberg)

John James Introduces U.S.-South Africa Bilateral Relations Review Act (U.S. House of Representatives)

The Party of Nelson Mandela No Longer Deserves the World’s Deference, by Joshua Meservey (The National Interest)

West Africa
No More Business as Usual: The US Needs a Broader Engagement Strategy in West Africa, by Michael Shurkin (Atlantic Council)

West Africa’s Political Stability Is in Peril, by Mohamed El-Bendary (The Hill)

Postponement of Election in Senegal (U.S. Department of State)

Senegal Vote Delay Not ‘Legitimate’, Says US (France 24)

Chair Cardin Statement on Senegalese President Postponing National Elections (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Embattled Nigerian Christians Turn to Washington for Protection, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

After Britain, the US Sends Looted Royal Artefacts to Ghana’s Ashanti King, by Melissa Chemam (RFI)

Recent Events

Africa Year in Review: A Look at US-Africa Relations in 2024, February 8, 10:00am EST (Wilson Center)

February 6, 2024

Upcoming Events
Africa Year in Review: A Look at US-Africa Relations in 2024, February 8, 10:00am EST (Wilson Center)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Africa: Year in Review 2023 (Wilson Center)

Continent At-Large
US Touts Alternatives to Russia’s Wagner for Security in Africa, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

What Trump’s Reelection Could Mean for Africa, by Martina Schwikowski (DW)

Africa Should Beware the Second Coming of Trump’s Terrifying World, by David Monyae (Sunday Times)

Blinken’s Visit to Africa – Is U.S. Counterterrorism Counterproductive?, by Promise Eze (allAfrica)

Blinken Trip to Africa – America’s Impotence in the Post-Hegemonic World, by Daniel Volman (African Security Research Project)

Upcoming Digital Press Briefing on the 2024 Investing in Africa Mining Indaba Conference (U.S. Department of State)

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Power of Democracy and the Future of Peacekeeping After the AU Financing Security Council Resolution (United States Mission to the United Nations)

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Haydé Adams of VOA’s Straight Talk Africa (United States Mission to the United Nations)

EPA Administrator Regan Wraps up Successful Mission to Africa, Reaffirms Commitment to Partnerships in Mozambique and Ghana (Environmental Protection Agency)

Central Africa/Sudans
US to Appoint Tom Perriello as Special Envoy to Sudan, by Colum Lynch (Devex)

US Imposes Sanctions on Three Sudanese Companies Tied to the Warring Parties, by Jack Jeffery (Associated Press)

US Offers Reward for Escaped Sudan Official Wanted on Darfur (Agence France Presse)

State Department Declares “Ethnic Cleansing” in Sudan But Won’t Say the Same about Israel’s War in Gaza, by Ryan Grim & Nick Turse (The Intercept)

CAR: Russia’s Wagner and US Security Firms in Tussle for Muscle, by Mathieu Olivier & Vincent Duhem (The Africa Report)

Congo Can’t Thrive Without Dismantling its Kleptocracy, by Damon Wilson (The Hill)

East Africa/Horn
Kenya’s Mudavadi Talks Trade with Blinken, with Eye on Haiti, by Luke Anami (The East African)

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Kenyan Prime Cabinet Secretary and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Mudavadi (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Kenyan Prime Cabinet Secretary and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Musalia Mudavadi Before Their Meeting (U.S. Department of State)

Inside Duale’s Strategic Four Day Mission in the US, by Cyrus Ombati (The Star)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with former Kenyan President Kenyatta (U.S. Department of State)

US Donates $1.3M in Military Equipment to Kenya, by Joe Saballa (The Defense Post)

USAFRICOM’s Ambassador Scott Visits Tanzania to Meet Leaders, Talk Maritime Security (AFRICOM)

Does Ethiopia Face a Western Backlash as a Result of Joining BRICS?, by David Whitehouse (The Africa Report)

The US Refuses to Even Apologize for Killing Civilians, by Nick Turse (Jacobin)

North Africa
Blinken to Meet Egypt’s Sisi on Gaza Hostage Deal, by Humeyra Pamuk (Reuters)

Southern Africa
U.S. Special Operations Command Africa Partners with International and Malawian Forces to Support U.N. Operations in Africa (U.S. Army)

Under Secretary Fernandez’s Travel to South Africa (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
Liberia Shows a Path Toward Democracy in West Africa, by Matthew Reitman & Katie Todd (United States Institute of Peace)

Liberia’s New President Is Doing the Right Thing. Washington Should Help Him., by Michael Rubin (AEIdeas)

Recent Events
Frontline Civilian Response in Sudan, January 31, 2:00pm EST (United States Institute of Peace)

The Future of Peacekeeping and the Increasing Role of Private Military Companies in Africa, January 31, 2:00pm EST (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Check out Joseph Sany on Secretary Blinken’s Africa Tour (United States Institute of Peace) and Is the US Gambling with Africa? (World of Africa)

January 30, 2024

Upcoming Events
Frontline Civilian Response in Sudan, January 31, 2:00pm EST (United States Institute of Peace)

News & Analysis
Top Picks
How to Counter Africa’s Coup Problem: Washington Must Boost Democracy, Not Militaries, by Joseph Sany & Kehinde A. Togun (Foreign Affairs)

Foresight Africa 2024 (Brookings Institution)

Cote d’Ivoire Is Becoming the West’s New Darling in West Africa, by Jessica Moody (World Politics Review)

Continent At-Large
Biden’s Africa Director Leaves the White House, by Yinka Adegoke (Semafor)

Amid Wars in Gaza, Ukraine, U.S. Tries to Show Africa It Still Cares, by Michael Birnbaum (The Washington Post)

Blinken Recalibrates US Focus in Africa, by Sertan Sanderson & Isaac Kaledzi (Deutsche Welle)

Blinken Expresses US Commitment to Boosting Africa Partnerships, by Nike Ching (Voice of America)

Blinken’s Africa Trip Loops in New Atlantic Ocean Partners, by Peter Fabricius (Institute for Security Studies)

Blinken Wraps Up Four-Nation Africa Tour, Commits to Ongoing Security, Economic Partnership, by Nike Ching (Voice of America)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Julian Pecquet of Jeune Afrique (U.S. Department of State)

Blinken Playing Catch Up with China And Russia in Africa, by Kester Kenn Klomegah (Eurasia Review)

Despite Blinken’s Arduous Efforts, Africa Needs China More (Global Times – Chinese State Media)

Chinese Press Dismisses Blinken’s Africa Tour, by Cobus van Staden (China Global South Project)

A Roadmap for Strategically Countering China’s Development Influence in Africa, by Jessica Malobisky (New Lines Institute)

To Challenge China’s Influence in Africa, US Borrows from Belt and Road Playbook (South China Morning Post)

The Real Challenge Facing Antony Blinken in Africa, by Cobus van Staden (China Global South Project)

Africa Must Brace for Donald Trump’s Return, by David Thomas (African Business)

A ‘Revolutionary’ Way to Feed the World That’s Very Old, by Somini Sengupta (The New York Times)

US and African Development Bank Forge Stronger Ties to Boost Food Production (African Development Bank)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken At an Event on Food Security and Economic Growth At the AfricaRice Headquarters (U.S. Department of State)

Central Africa/Sudans
Blinken Lauds Regional Diplomacy in Efforts to Calm DRC Conflict (Agence France Presse)

East Africa/Horn
A Port Deal Puts the Horn of Africa on the Brink, by Caleb Weiss & James Barnett (War on the Rocks)

US Strikes in Somalia Kill 3 Militants Linked to al Qaeda, by Brad Dress (The Hill)

USAFRICOM Commander and Senior Enlisted Leader Visit Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti (AFRICOM)

Why US Security Chiefs Are Trooping to Nairobi, by Cyrus Ombati (The Star)

North Africa
Morocco, an Unexpected Winner of China’s Strategy to Circumvent the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act, by Christian Géraud Neema Byamungu (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Under Secretary Jenkins Travels to Rabat and Marrakech (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
U.S. Deepens Ties with Angola, a Model for Washington’s Ties to Africa, by Michael Birnbaum (The Washington Post)

In Angola, a Former Cold War Rival, Blinken Touts U.S. Investments, by Michael Crowley (The New York Times)

Blinken Sees Growing Partner in Angola on Tour of African Democracies, by Shaun Tandon (Agence France Presse)

Angola’s Mineral Axis with America, by Saleem H. Ali (Forbes)

The United States and Angola: Partnering for Prosperity (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Angolan Foreign Minister Téte António at a Joint Press Availability (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the Press (U.S. Department of State)

South Africa Should Be Truly Non-Aligned–and Stop Risking Its Vital Trade Ties with the West, by Ivor Ichikowitz (Fortune)

Diplomatic Fallout of ICJ Ruling on Israel Could Put SA’s AGOA Renewal at Risk, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

International Court of Justice Ruling Casts Disparaging Light on Fetterman’s Criticism of South Africa, by Michael Walsh (Penn Live)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with South African Minister Pandor (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
Spread of Militants, Coups Draws U.S. Attention to West Africa, by William Mauldin (The Wall Street Journal)

The Pentagon Planned to Train Troops from Coup States. It Backed Off Under Scrutiny., by Abigail Hauslohner & Alex Horton (The Washington Post)

Blinken Pledges $45 Million to Boost Coastal West Africa Security (Reuters)

Antony Blinken: With Wagner in Burkina Faso and Mali, ‘Violence and Extremism Are Getting Worse’, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Blinken Pitches the US as an Alternative to Russia’s Wagner in Africa’s Troubled Sahel, by Chinedu Asadu (Associated Press)

Blinken Seeks Broader Approach on Extremism in West Africa Talks, by Shaun Tandon (Agence France Presse)

Blinken Looks to Bolster West African Security Partnerships After Setbacks, by Ope Adetayo (Al Jazeera)

Shifting Sands: The Future of West Africa’s Power Dynamics and the Sahel Alliance, by Raphael Parens & Marcel Plichta (Irregular Warfare)

Blinken Sees Ivory Coast Model on Extremism on Africa Tour (France24)

Blinken Hails Ivory Coast Fight Against Armed Groups on West Africa Tour (Al Jazeera)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken With RTI Ivorian TV (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Dr. John Momoh of Channels TV (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and Ivorian Foreign Minister Kacou Houadja Leon Adom (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Yusuf Maitama Tuggar at a Joint Press Availability (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Blinken Opens Newest American Corner in Nigeria, Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Year as Vital Global U.S. Engagement Resource (U.S. Department of State)

The United States and Nigeria: Partnering for Prosperity (U.S. Department of State)

Under Secretary Zeya’s Travel to Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
Foresight Africa 2024 Launch, January 26, 9:30am EST (Brookings Institution)

The Security Situation in Chad, January 26, 10:00am EST (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

War in Sudan: Risks of Prolonged Conflict and Regional Instability, January 29, 9:00am EST (Atlantic Council)

Check out Secretary Blinken’s Agenda as He Travels Africa (All Things Considered, NPR) and Blinken Demonstrates US Commitment to Africa Amid Other World Crises (Voice of America)

January 23, 2024

Upcoming Events
Foresight Africa 2024 Launch, January 26, 9:30am EST (Brookings Institution)

The Security Situation in Chad, January 26, 10:00am EST (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

News & Analysis
Top Picks
How the U.S. Is Derailing China’s Influence in Africa, by Michael M. Phillips (The Wall Street Journal)

Blinken Can’t Avoid Tough Issues on Goodwill Trip to Africa, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Continent At-Large
Many Fault Lines in Africa-US Relations for 2024, but Unlikely to Collapse, by Bob Wekesa (News24)

Blinken Heading to Africa on Four-Nation Tour, by Cindy Saine (Voice of America)

Blinken to Discuss Security, Health, Development on Africa Visit, by Moses Mozart Dzawu (Bloomberg)

Blinken Africa Tour Focuses on Security, Development, Buffering Russian, Chinese Influence, by Nike Ching (Voice of America)

Antony Blinken Taking on Russia and China in Africa?, by Damien Glez (The Africa Report)

Blinken in Africa This Week Where He Will Try Hard to Avoid Talking About China, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

US Secretary of State to Focus on ‘Fight Against Terrorism’ During Africa Visit, by Lenin Ndebele (News24)

Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Molly Phee Previewing the Secretary’s Trip to Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Angola (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Angola (U.S. Department of State)

China, US Dispatched Envoys to 10 African Countries This Year as Hearts and Minds Campaign Heats Up, by Lenin Ndebele (News24)

The West Needs to Show It Values All Human Life, by Mark Malloch-Brown (Foreign Policy)

US Diplomat Herman Cohen Reflects on Lifelong Career Linked to Africa, by Larry Luxner (The Washington Diplomat)

U.S. Bill Targets China’s Critical Mineral Stake, by Cobus van Staden (China Global South Project)

Central Africa/Sudans
Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Rwandan President Paul Kagame Before Their Meeting (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Democratic Republic of the Congo President Tshisekedi (U.S. Department of State)

East Africa/Horn
Will the Houthis Target U.S. Troops in Djibouti Next?, by Emily Milliken (The National Interest)

White House ‘Troubled’ by Deal Between Ethiopia and Breakaway Somaliland Region, by Anita Powell (Voice of America)

EU, AU, US Say Sudan War and Somalia’s Tension with Ethiopia Threaten Horn of Africa’s Stability, by Tom Odula (Associated Press)

Why US Spy Chief William Burns Flew to East Africa, by John Kamau (The Nation)

Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Hammer Travels to Uganda and Ethiopia (U.S. Department of State)

North Africa
Déjà Vu: The Trajectory of Libyan Armed Groups in 2024, by Stephanie T. Williams (Brookings Institution)

Southern Africa
Quantifying the Impact of a Loss of South Africa’s AGOA Benefits, by Gracelin Baskaran (Brookings Institution)

SA’s Legal Action Against Israel’s Palestine Actions Could Derail AGOA Deal, Expert Warns, by Siphelele Dludla (IOL)

South Africa Is Coming After America, Too, by Eric Levine (Jewish News Syndicate)

US Official in Zambia Discusses Cholera Outbreak, Debt Restructuring (Reuters)

Winning Aspiration Needed to Advance US Foreign Policy Interests in Zimbabwe, by Michael Walsh (The Loop)

West Africa
Senior Study Group for the Sahel: Final Report and Recommendations (Bipartisan Senior Study Group for the Sahel/United States Institute of Peace)

On a Remote Island, Blinken Signals U.S. Attention to Africa, by Michael Crowley (The New York Times)

Blinken Visit Spotlights Cabo Verde’s Regional Ambitions, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Blinken Begins Africa Tour in Cape Verde, Touting the U.S. as a Key Security and Economic Partner, by Chinedu Asadu (Associated Press)

Secretary Blinken’s Remarks Following Visit to Porto de Praia (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Cabo Verdean Prime Minister Correia e Silva (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Blinken’s Remarks to the Press (U.S. Department of State)

US’s Blinken Begins Four-Nation Africa Tour Amid Sahel Worries (Al Jazeera)

Top US Diplomat Blinken to Discuss Security Challenges During West Africa Trip, by Daphne Psaledakis & Humeyra Pamuk (Reuters)

Blinken Departs for West Africa as Russia and China Look to Leverage Their Influence, by Jennifer Hansler (CNN)

US Emphasizes ‘Accountability and Transparency’ in Nigeria Security Operations, by Kanishka Singh (Reuters)

AFRICOM Chief Advances US-Nigeria Cooperation During Visit (defenceWeb)

Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland’s Meeting with Nigerian National Security Advisor Ribadu (U.S. Department of State)

The United States and Côte d’Ivoire: Strengthening Our Partnership (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
Africa’s Growing Cities: Challenges and Opportunities, January 16, 2:15pm EST (Wilson Center)

January 9, 2024

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Congo’s President Has Been Re-Elected. His Climate Policy Will Have Global Significance., by Alexandra Wexler (The Wall Street Journal)

Continent At-Large
US State Department: Who’s Who in Molly Phee’s Africa Team, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

African Migration to the U.S. Soars as Europe Cracks Down, by Miriam Jordan (The New York Times)

Asylum Seekers Faced Severe Abuse in ICE Detention Under Trump, Suit Says, by Osei Owusu Amankwaah & Justin Wm. Moyer (The Washington Post)

The Signal in the Noise: The 2023 Threats and Those on the Horizon, by Austin Doctor (Lawfare)

Central Africa/Sudans
How Many More Must Suffer in DRC Before the West Stops Enabling Tshisekedi?, by Vava Tampa (The Guardian)

US Expresses Concern After Burundi President Says Gay People Should Be Stoned (Reuters)

US Slams Burundi’s President Over ‘Public Stoning of Gay Couples’ Comment (Radio France Internationale)

On the Human Rights Situation in Burundi (U.S. Department of State)

CAR in Talks with US Security Firm as West Eyes Wagner’s Ground in Africa, by Melissa Chemam (Radio France Internationale)

Between Wagner and Bancroft, Touadéra’s Tricky Security Situation (Africa Intelligence)

Religious Freedom, Along with Everything Else, Is Unraveling in Sudan, by Kelsey Zorzi (The Hill)

East Africa/Horn
U.S. Should Endorse Somaliland’s Independence, by Michael Rubin (Middle East Forum)

Kenya-US Trade Talks to Resume in February, by Luke Anami (Business Daily)

North Africa
Secretary Blinken’s Call with Algerian Foreign Minister Attaf (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
US Condemns South Africa’s ‘Meritless’ Genocide Case Against Israel (Agence France Presse)

U.S. Rejects ‘Meritless’ South Africa ICJ Case Against Israel (Foundation for the Defense of Democracies)

Zimbabwe as a Growth Hub for Southern Africa, by Michael Walsh & Charles A. Ray (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Brainstorming Diplomatic Options for Advancing U.S. National Security and Foreign Policy Interests in Zimbabwe, by Michael Walsh (The Democracy-Security Paradox)

West Africa
U.S. Seeks Drone Bases in Coastal West Africa to Stem Islamist Advance, by Michael M. Phillips (The Wall Street Journal)

After Niger Coup, U.S. Scrambles to Keep a Vital Air Base, by Elian Peltier & Eric Schmitt (The New York Times)

Biden Administration Responds to the Collapse of U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy in Niger, by Daniel Volman (allAfrica)

U.S. Security Strategy in West Africa (World Politics Review)

Scramble for the Sahel – Why France, Russia, China and the United States Are Interested in the Region, by Olayinka Ajala (The Conversation)

January 1st, 2024

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Congress Deems Africa Staffing Shortages a National Security Issue, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Continent At-Large
Why Biden Didn’t Visit Africa in 2023, by Yinka Adegoke (Semafor)

State Department’s Africa Bureau Undermines Efforts to Counter Houthis, by Michael Rubin (AEIdeas)

Biden’s Energy Plan Means Lights Out for Africa, by Mario Díaz-Balart & Michael McCaul (New York Post)

Enough Space for Everyone? US, China Target Africa, by Kate Bartlett (Voice of America)

China Shows the US How to Woo Africa, by Emmanuel Matambo & David Monyae (TimesLive)

Clashing Geopolitical Railways: China’s Belt And Road Initiative And US Effort To Redefine African Infrastructure, by Syed Raiyan Amir (Eurasia Review)

Russia’s Growing Footprint in Africa, by Mariel Ferragamo (Council on Foreign Relations)

UK Forces Have Taken Part in US AFRICOM Operations for Decades: Report (Al Mayadeen)

Meet Kendra Gaither, New Africa Head at Key US Lobbying Group, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

547 New Deals Valued at $14.2 Billion in U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment (Modern Diplomacy)

Central Africa/Sudans
Washington Tries to Correct Course on Sudan’s Civil War, by Robbie Gramer (Foreign Policy)

A Tragedy of Disregard, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

US Lawmakers Blame Abu Dhabi Over Sudan War, by Aggrey Mutambo (The East African)

Cardin, Risch Announce Joint, Bipartisan Congressional Resolution Calling for a Special Envoy to Sudan (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

US Renews Call for DR Congo Transparency as Voting Extended (Agence France Presse)

US Turns Tables on Putin in Africa PMC Powerplay, by Brendan Cole (Newsweek)

East Africa/Horn
Somalia Says U.S. Drone Strike Killed Mastermind of Attack on Americans, by Katharine Houreld (The Washington Post)

Strike in Somalia Said to Kill Mastermind of Attacks on Americans and Kenyans, by Abdi Latif Dahir & Eric Schmitt (The New York Times)

US-Somali Operation Kills a Top Al-Shabab Commander, by Harun Maruf (Voice of America)

Joint Letter to Secretary Austin Urging Pentagon to Make Amends for Civilian Harm in Somalia (Human Rights Watch)

As 2023 Comes to a Close, US-Tanzania Ties Are Stronger Than Ever, by Michael Battle (The Citizen)

MCC Returns to Tanzania After 7-Year Absence, by Apolinari Tairo (The East African)

Ethiopia in Troubled Waters, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

USAID Announces Funding to Respond to Catastrophic Floods in Kenya (U.S. Agency for International Development)

North Africa
What Does Biden’s ‘Mr Sahara’ Want?, by Fadwa Islah (The Africa Report)

U.S. Maintains Unchanged Stance on the Moroccan Sahara: Denial of Allegations and Highlighting Geopolitical Tensions with Iran (North Africa Post)

Southern Africa
South Africa in the Emerging World Order, by Christopher S. Chivvis, Zainab Usman, Beatrix Geaghan-Breiner (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

West Africa
How Western Powers are Failing West Africa – and Why the Future is Grim, by Pablo Molina Asensi (The International Affairs Review)

Constitutional Referendum in Chad (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
After the Coup d’état, What Comes Next? A Conversation With Niger’s Prime Minister, December 19, 2:00pm EST (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Check out Between China and the U.S., Africa Doesn’t Want to Choose (China Global South Project)

December 11th, 2023

Upcoming Events
AfriNEXT: A Celebration of African Creativity and Innovation, December 12, 9:00am EST (Atlantic Council)

Beyond the SCIF: A Conversation with Reps. Austin Scott and Jimmy Panetta on Great-Power Competition in Africa, December 12, 12:00pm EST (American Enterprise Institute)

Rewiring the U.S.-Africa Tech Landscape: An Annual Review of the Digital Transformation With Africa Initiative, December 12, 2:00pm EST (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Assessing the DRC’s High-Stakes Presidential Elections Amid Uncertainty, December 18, 10:00am EST (Brookings Institution)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
The Crisis of African Democracy: Coups Are a Symptom—Not the Cause—of Political Dysfunction, by Comfort Ero & Murithi Mutiga (Foreign Affairs)

Continent At-Large
If the U.S. Really Wants to Compete With China in Africa, Then It Needs to Keep Its Promises, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

America Is Failing Africa by Not Taking COP28 Seriously, by Adboulie Ceesay (Euronews)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Unveils White Paper on Empowering African Smallholder Farmers (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Defeating Terrorist Groups in Africa Is Focus of Conference Hosted by US Special Operators, by John Vandiver (Stars and Stripes)

Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and President pro tempore of the Senate regarding the War Powers Report (The White House)

U.S. Space Force Activates New Unit to Support Operations in Europe and Africa, by Sandra Erwin (SpaceNews)

Central Africa/Sudans
War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and Ethnic Cleansing Determination in Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

US Declares Warring Parties in Sudan Committed War Crimes, by Daphne Psaledakis, Humeyra Pamuk, Nafisa Eltahir (Reuters)

Sudan: Action is Key After US Atrocity Determination (Human Rights Watch)

Welcoming the Outcomes of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s Extraordinary Summit Toward Ending the Conflict in Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

US-Uganda: Museveni Dispatches Son-in-Law to Salvage AGOA Duty-Free Benefits, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Ceasefire Agreed in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Conflict, US Says (Reuters)

East Africa/Horn
Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Hammer Travels to Djibouti, Qatar, and Ethiopia (U.S. Department of State)

North Africa
Attack in Western Sahara Complicates US Regional Strategy, by Michael Walsh (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Duelling Western Sahara Commentaries Expose Washington Media Swamp Things, by Mike Walsh (Mail & Guardian)

Southern Africa
The U.S. Strategic Bet on Angola Pays Off—and Vice Versa, by J. Peter Pham (The National Interest)

De-Risking, The Lobito Corridor, and the United States’ Approach to African Development, by Aaron Dorshow (Georgetown Security Studies Review)

US Makes US $2 Billion Commitment to Angola as Oil-Rich Nation Eyes Move Beyond Chinese Funding Model, by Jevans Nyabiage (South China Morning Post)

US Makes US $2 Billion Commitment to Angola (Modern Diplomacy)

China-Angola Meeting As Luanda Navigates Great Power Competition, by Cobus van Staden (China Global South Project)

Visa Restriction Policy for Undermining Democracy in Zimbabwe (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
Western Failures, Military Coups, and Kremlin Gains Undermine US Geostrategic and Counterterrorism Interests in the Sahel, by Liam Karr (Critical Threats Project)

DOD Seeks to Quell Violent Extremism in Africa’s Sahel Region, by David Vergun (U.S. Department of Defense)

US and Niger Security Relations: Pragmatic?, by Joseph Balodis (Grey Dynamics)

Assistant Secretary Phee’s Travel to Nigeria (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
The Sahel in Crisis: Examining U.S. Policy Options, December 5, 2:00pm EST (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

December 4th, 2023

Upcoming Events
AfriNEXT: A Celebration of African Creativity and Innovation, December 12, 9:00am EST (Atlantic Council)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Biden Hosts Angola’s President, Seeking to Strengthen Africa Ties, by Erica L. Green (The New York Times)

Continent At-Large
Biden’s Unfilled Vow to Visit Africa Renews Fears of Neglect, by Akayla Gardner (Bloomberg)

For Peace in the Sahel, Can the U.S. Work with Algeria?, by Thomas M. Hill (United States Institute of Peace)

How Renewing a Bush Era Program for Africa Will Help Us Fend off Russia and China, Boost National Security, by David Bernstein (Fox News)

AGOA Must Be Extended to Boost US-Africa Trade Relationships, by David Luke (The Standard)

AGOA Isn’t the Political Leverage Washington Thinks It Is, by Ovigwe Eguegu (Ventures Africa)

Joint Statement on the United States and Africa CDC’s New Joint Action Plan (U.S. Department of State)

Central Africa/Sudans
Discourse Check: How China Frames Its Involvement in DRC Mining, by Cobus van Staden (China Global South Project)

Designation of Individuals Linked to the Conflict in Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Three Sudanese Figures with Ties to Former Leader Omar al-Bashir, by Jack Jeffery (Associated Press)

Taking Steps to Impose Visa Restrictions for Undermining Democracy and for Repression in Uganda U.S. Department of State)

East Africa/Horn
The Kosovo Conditions And The Case For American Unilateral Recognition Of Somaliland, by Oliver McPherson-Smith & Jendayi Frazer (Hoover Institution)

AFRICOM, Djibouti Leaders Continue to Strengthen Ties (DVIDS)

North Africa
Western Sahara: Does Biden Fully Understand the Polisario Front?, by Michael Walsh (The Democracy-Security Paradox)

Southern Africa
Biden Hosts the Angolan President in an Effort to Showcase Strengthened Ties as Africa Visit Slips, by Zeke Miller & Aamer Madhani (Associated Press)

Biden Hosts Angola’s Leader for Talks of Rail Corridor, Energy Security, by Anita Powell (Voice of America)

Biden’s Plans to Counter China Run Through Angola, by Morgan Chalfant (Semafor)

A Chinese Perspective on the Proposed U.S.-Backed Lobito Corridor in Angola, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

Angolan President’s Oval Office Meeting a Win for His Lobbyists, by Caitlin Oprysko (Politico)

Biden Plots Trip to Angola as Promise of Africa Trip Lingers, by Trevor Hunnicutt (Reuters)

Is White House Re-Framing Shared Values Ahead of Angola Visit?, by Michael Walsh (allAfrica)

Angola: Biden-Lourenço Meeting Paves Way for Unprecedented Collaborations Between U.S., Angola, by Pearl Matibe (Premium Times)

United States and Angola Forge Closer Ties, with a Focus on Defence Cooperation, by Pearl Matibe (defenceWeb)

Readout of Meeting Between President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola (The White House)

FACT SHEET: The U.S. – Angola Partnership (The White House)

Presidential Elections in Madagascar (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
US Self-Destruction and France’s Self-Effacement in Africa: The Challenge of the Sahel for Tinubuplomacy+, by Bola A. Akinterinwa (This Day Nigeria)

Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sison’s Travel to Ghana (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
U.S. Policy Toward Africa: Formulation, Implementation, Future, November 29, 5:30pm EST (Howard University)

Ethiopia: Promise or Perils, The State of U.S. Policy, November 30, 10:00am EST (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Book Event: The Lumumba Plot: The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination, December 1, 1:00pm EST (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Africa’s Future: Technology, Innovation, and the Digital Economy, December 4, 9:00am EST (University of Southern California)

November 28, 2023

Upcoming Events
U.S. Policy Toward Africa: Formulation, Implementation, Future, November 29, 5:30pm EST (Howard University)

Ethiopia: Promise or Perils, The State of U.S. Policy, November 30, 10:00am EST (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Book Event: The Lumumba Plot: The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination, December 1, 1:00pm EST (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Africa’s Future: Technology, Innovation, and the Digital Economy, December 4, 9:00am EST (University of Southern California)

AfriNEXT: A Celebration of African Creativity and Innovation, December 12, 9:00am EST (Atlantic Council)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Will Chad be the Next Western Ally in Africa to Fall? (The Economist)

Continent At-Large
Military Leaders Convene in Naples for AFRICOM Strategic Alignment Conference (AFRICOM)

United States Congress Should Consider Extending AGOA Rules of Origin to Oman, by Michael Walsh (The Democracy-Security Paradox)

U.S. and African Development Bank Collaborate to Accelerate Africa’s Digital Transformation (African Development Bank)

Central Africa/Sudans
Battle for Influence Rages in Heart of Wagner’s Operations in Africa, by Elian Peltier (The New York Times)

Readout of Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’s Travel to Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda (The White House)

US Intelligence Director Met Kagame, Tshisekedi in Renewed Bid to Forge Peace, by Lenin Ndebele (News24)

US Pressure on Kigali, Kinshasa to Make Peace Is Starting to Pay Off, by Patrick Ilunga (The East African)

East Africa/Horn
The United States Joins Kenya for Second Cyber and Digital Dialogue in Nairobi (U.S. Department of State)

North Africa
The Risk of Politicization of AGOA’s Expanded Rules of Origin for North African Countries, by Michael Walsh (The Democracy-Security Paradox)

Southern Africa
Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the Visit of President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola (The White House)

Angolan President to Visit Washington This Week For Lobito Corridor Talks, by Cobus van Staden (China Global South Project)

New Opportunities to Deepen US Trade and Investment in Namibia Open Up, by Niël Terblanché (Windhoek Observer)

West Africa
Statement from President Joe Biden Congratulating Joseph Boakai as President-elect of Liberia (The White House)

Does the United States Fund a Cheetah Mating Program in West Africa Because of … Terrorism?, by Ben Mathis-Lilley (Slate)

November 21, 2023

Upcoming Events
U.S. Policy Toward Africa: Formulation, Implementation, Future, November 29, 5:30pm EST (Howard University)

AfriNEXT: A Celebration of African Creativity and Innovation, December 12, 9:00am EST (Atlantic Council)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
The West Should Give Up the Battle of Narratives, by Julien Barnes-Dacey & Jeremy Shapiro (Foreign Policy)

Continent At-Large
In Africa, the Legacy of the US War on Terror Is Death and Chaos, by Nick Turse (Jacobin)

The State Department Promotes China and Hamas in Africa, by Michael Rubin (Washington Examiner)

There Is a New Scramble for Africa, by Jonathan Rosenthal (The Economist)

In Africa, Trump Saw ‘Huts.’ Biden Sees Opportunity to Curb President Xi’s Growing Influence, by Michael Collins (USA Today)

Africa Is No Longer the World’s Mineral Chessboard, by Luc Woodall Gillard (International Policy Digest)

For 20 Years, This AIDS Relief Plan Enjoyed Broad US Support. What Changed?, by Eden Harris (Al Jazeera)

The Missing History Of Africa In American Education, by Daina Ramey Berry (Forbes)

Joint Statement on the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS Africa Focus Group Meeting (U.S. Department of State)

Central Africa/Sudans
U.S. Lawmakers Weigh Sanctions, Criminal Charges Against Chinese Companies Over Child Cobalt Mining in DR Congo, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

Western Backlash to Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Starts to Bite, by Musinguzi Blanshe (The Africa Report)

Risch, McCaul: Biden Admin Must Change Sudan Strategy (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

East Africa/Horn
U.S. Resumes Assistance to Ethiopia After Intense Negotiations Over Corruption in Aid Program, by Katharine Houreld (The Washington Post)

Risch on USAID’s Decision to Resume Food Assistance to Ethiopia (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy (U.S. Department of State)

The Americans Who Got Away with Murder in Somalia, by Nick Turse (Mail & Guardian)

How Uganda AGOA Ban Will Impact East Africa, by Luke Anami & Kabona Esiara (The East African)

North Africa
Secretary Blinken’s Call with Foreign Minister Shoukry of Egypt (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
The Contested Eligibility of South Africa for AGOA Benefits, by Michael Walsh (Wilson Center)

AGOA Is a Game-Changer for South African Agriculture, by Sakhumzi May (IOL)

Why Working With South Africa is Important, But Complicated for Both the U.S. and China, by Cobus van Staden (China Global South Project)

West Africa
Will Ghana Warm Up to US Nuclear Energy Project Proposal?, by Jonas Nyabor (The Africa Report)

Liberian Presidential Elections (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
From Cobalt to Cars: How China Exploits Child and Forced Labor in the Congo, November 14, 10:00am (Congressional Executive Commission on China)

China’s Space Collaboration with Africa, November 14, 1:30pm EST (United States Institute of Peace)

Mobilizing Private Investment in International Infrastructure, November 16, 1:30pm EST (Wilson Center)

Check out Africa is at the Center of U.S.-China Competition for Critical Resources (The China in Africa Podcast, China Global South Project)

November 14, 2023

Upcoming Events
From Cobalt to Cars: How China Exploits Child and Forced Labor in the Congo, November 14, 10:00am (Congressional Executive Commission on China)

China’s Space Collaboration with Africa, November 14, 1:30pm EST (United States Institute of Peace)

Mobilizing Private Investment in International Infrastructure, November 16, 1:30pm EST (Wilson Center)

AfriNEXT: A Celebration of African Creativity and Innovation, December 12, 9:00am EST (Atlantic Council)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Africans See Hypocrisy in US Policy on Israel in Gaza, by Alex Thurston (Responsible Statecraft)

Continent At-Large
All Agree AGOA Should Be Renewed – but How?, by Peter Fabricius (Institute of Security Studies)

The Role of AGOA in Accelerating Africa’s Digital Transformation, by Daniel F. Runde & Thomas Bryja (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Africa-US Trade: AGOA Deal Expires in 2025 – an Expert Unpacks What It’s Achieved in 23 Years, by David Luke (The Conversation)

Prosper Africa Coordinates 17 US Agencies to Help Boost Africa’s Low Participation in AGOA, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

AGOA Must Be Reflective of Modern Africa, Not Used for Geopolitics, by Haydé Adams (Voice of America)

US Treasury’s Adeyemo Hopes Congress Will Extend US-Africa Program, by Andrea Shalal (Reuters)

Upgrading US-Africa Investment Policy And Trade Partnership, by Kester Kenn Klomegah (Eurasia Review)

China Is Winning Africa’s “White-Gold” Rush for Lithium (The Economist)

Central Africa/Sudans
US Pushes, Again, for Revived Rwanda-DRC Talks, as SADC Force Prepares to Enter the Fray, by Lenin Ndebele (News 24)

Chairman McCaul, Senator Coons Call for Free and Fair Elections in DRC (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Cardin, McCaul, Meeks, Risch Statement on Attacks on Civilians in Darfur (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

East Africa/Horn
Secret Pentagon Investigation Found No One at Fault in Drone Strike That Killed Woman and 4-Year-Old, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Kenyan Prime Cabinet Secretary/ Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Mudavadi (U.S. Embassy in Kenya)

CJTF-HOA Works with U.S. Embassy in Tanzania to Maintain Regional Readiness, by Douglas Lorance (DVIDS)

North Africa
Assistant Secretary Robinson’s Travel to Morocco and Algeria (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
South Africa Urges US to Hasten Trade Pact with Two-Step Renewal (Bloomberg)

AGOA Is an Opportunity to Deepen Ties Between the US and SA, by Reuben Brigety (Financial Mail)

South Africa: Key Opposition Party Lobbies for US Support to Dethrone ANC in 2024, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Ambassador, Former Elliott Dean Talks US-South Africa Economic Relations, by Juliet Lancey (The GW Hatchet)

10 Years On, Mandela’s Model Can Build Peace in a Despairing World, by Johnnie Carson (United States Institute of Peace)

The Lobito Corridor: Washington’s Answer to Belt and Road in Africa, by Alex Stonor (Geopolitical Monitor)

West Africa
Niger Coup Raises Questions About U.S. Sahel Strategy, by Ned Rauch-Mannino (The Heritage Foundation)

The Collapse of Western Influence in West Africa Points to Wider Problems, by Nina Wilén & Jack Watling (Royal United Services Institute)

US Launches Democratic Transition Scheme for Africa After Consecutive Coups, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Announcement on ADAPT initiative in Guinea (U.S. Department of State)

First US-African Nuclear Summit Concludes in Ghana (Nuclear Engineering)

Recent Events
Toward Greater Synergy Between International and Domestic Election Observation, November 7, 10:30am EST (Wilson Center)

Africa in Focus: Shaping US-Africa Policy for the Future, November 7, 3:30pm EST (Georgetown University)

Symposium for Sustainable Peace and Security in West Africa, November 9, 9:00am EST (New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy)

Pivotal States: Where Does the U.S.-South Africa Strategic Partnership Go From Here?, November 9, 2:00pm EST (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Religious Freedom in the Sahel Region of Africa, November 9, 3:30pm (United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Confronting Disinformation in Central Africa, November 13, 1:00pm EST (United States Institute of Peace)

November 7, 2023

Upcoming Events
Toward Greater Synergy Between International and Domestic Election Observation, November 7, 10:30am EST (Wilson Center)

Africa in Focus: Shaping US-Africa Policy for the Future, November 7, 3:30pm EST (Georgetown University)

Symposium for Sustainable Peace and Security in West Africa, November 9, 9:00am EST (New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy)

Pivotal States: Where Does the U.S.-South Africa Strategic Partnership Go From Here?, November 9, 2:00pm EST (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Confronting Disinformation in Central Africa, November 13, 1:00pm EST (United States Institute of Peace)

China’s Space Collaboration with Africa, November 14, 1:30pm EST (United States Institute of Peace)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
AGOA: Road to Reauthorization Collection (Wilson Center)

Continent At-Large
The U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), by Nellie Peyton (Reuters)

U.S. Faces Tricky Questions With African Trade Group, by John Eligon & Lynsey Chutel (The New York Times)

How African Apparel Industry’s Future Depends on U.S. Congress, by Joe Bavier & Duncan Miriri (Reuters)

US Officials, Lawmakers Express Support for Extension of Africa Trade Program, by Mogomotsi Magome (Associated Press)

US-Africa Program Should Be Extended Through 2041, Senate Democrat Says, by Makini Brice (Reuters)

McCaul, Meeks Support Reauthorization of AGOA (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Africa – US Trade Programme Needs at Least 10-Year Extension, AU Says, by Joe Bavier (Reuters)

Biden Wants to Improve U.S. – Africa Trade Programme, Not Just Renew It – Blinken, by Joe Bavier, Nellie Peyton, Bhargav Acharya (Reuters)

U.S. – Africa Trade Program Must Be More Than ‘Symbolic,’ U.S. Trade Chief Says, by Joe Bavier (Reuters)

US Congress Members Bail on AGOA to Avoid Government Shutdown at Home, by Paddy Harper (Mail & Guardian)

An Early Extension of AGOA Deal Is Unlikely Thanks to US Politics, Says Expert, by Siphelele Dludla & Helmo Preuss (IOL)

Can African Leaders Extend the US-Africa Trade Program?, by Mimi Mefo Takambou (DW)

AGOA Forum: Has the US Trade Pact Helped Africa?, by Jewel Kiriungi (BBC)

Beyond 2025: The AGOA Summit’s Bid For Extended Economic Ties On The Continent, by Yeshiel Panchia (Forbes)

AGOA: US Vows to Support Regional Integration, by Peter Dube (The East African)

Biden Tests Diplomacy in Shifting Trade Ties with African Nations, by Gerren Keith Gaynor (The Grio)

US Trade Envoy Tai Talks Trade Policy in Africa as Summit Ends, by Kate Bartlett (Voice of America)

Digital Press Briefing with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves on the Outcomes of the AGOA Forum 2023 (U.S. Department of State)

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the Africa Growth and Opportunity Forum (AGOA) Private Sector Forum (U.S. Department of Commerce)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Video Remarks to the AGOA Forum (U.S. Department of State)

U.S. Delegation Joins 20th AGOA Forum (U.S. Department of State)

Senator Coons Releases Draft of AGOA Reauthorization Act to Deepen U.S.- Africa Economic Relationship (Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons)

US Eyes Africa’s Industrialisation to Grow Superpower’s Might, by Sarah Smit (Mail & Guardian)

US Takes Up China’s Infrastructure Mantle in Africa, by Kate Bartlett (Voice of America)

US Launches Investment Network to Engage Private Sector in Africa Minerals Strategy, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

US Export-Import Bank Pushes Africa Renewables, by Adelaide Changole & Paul Burkhardt (Bloomberg)

Will U.S. Abortion Wars End a Successful Foreign Policy in Africa?, by Nosmot Gbadamosi (Foreign Policy)

9th Annual U.S.-AUC High-Level Dialogue Joint Statement (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat Before Their Meeting (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with African Union Commission Chairperson Faki (U.S. Department of State)

Biden Expected to Skip COP Climate Summit, Trip to Africa, by Jonathan Lemire (Politico)

Space Force Sets Date to Activate Its Europe and Africa Component in December, by Chris Gordon (Air & Space Forces Magazine)

How Africa Can Make the Most of Diaspora Finance, by Tsitsi Masiyiwa (Project Syndicate)

Central Africa/Sudans
Biden’s AGOA Decision Will Hurt Ugandan Exporters, by Martin K.N Siele (Semafor)

Uganda’s Museveni Defiant Over Removal from US Trade Pact (Agence France Presse)

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni Hits Back Over Expulsion from US-Africa Trade Pact AGOA, by Wedaeli Chibelushi (BBC)

Secretary Blinken’s Calls with Democratic Republic of the Congo President Tshisekedi and Rwandan President Kagame (U.S. Department of State)

East Africa/Horn
Facebook’s Algorithms ‘Supercharged’ Hate Speech in Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict, by Kalkidan Yibeltal & Wycliffe Muia (BBC)

1st Anniversary of Ethiopia’s Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (U.S. Department of State)

North Africa
Putin’s Move to Secure Libya Bases Is New Regional Worry for US (Bloomberg)

U.S. to Restore Mauritania’s AGOA Trade Preferences After Worker Rights Progress, by David Lawder (Reuters)

Egyptian Dissidents Are the Collateral Damage of U.S. Support for Israel, by Abdelrahman ElGendy (Foreign Policy)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi At a Joint Press Availability (U.S. Department of State)

U.S. – Morocco Africa Working Group (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
SA Likely to Secure Trade Status Extension with US, Say Officials – but for How Much Longer?, by Ferial Haffajee & Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

US Senator Chris Coons Proposes Immediate Review of SA’s AGOA Eligibility, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

S.Africa Hosts US-Africa Trade Summit After Diplomatic Tensions (Agence France Presse)

Risch: Biden Admin is Wrong to Host AGOA Summit in South Africa (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Biden Administration Acknowledges Damage Done by Brigety Claims, by Lizeka Tandwa (Mail & Guardian)

China Has Belt and Road, Now the US Has the Lobito Corridor from Angola to Zambia, by Lenin Ndebele (News24)

Digital Press Briefing on Lobito Corridor MoU Signing (U.S. Department of State)

Risch: Biden Admin Must Condemn Zimbabwe Government’s Severe Repression (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

An Opportunity to Deepen Trade and Investment between the United States and Namibia, by Randy Berry (U.S. Embassy in Namibia)

Assistant Secretary Phee’s Travel to Namibia (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
Liberia Pivots Toward Dictatorship as the World Looks Elsewhere, by Michael Rubin (1945)

Recent Events
China’s Critical Mineral Investments in Africa, October 31, 9:30am EDT (Wilson Center)

The Role of Diaspora and Civil Society in Shaping U.S. Policy Toward Africa, November 1, 5:10pm EDT (Howard University)

Check out China’s Grip on Africa Is Finally Sparking a US Response (Bloomberg) & U.S.-Africa Trade (The Trade Guys, CSIS)

October 31, 2023

Upcoming Events
China’s Critical Mineral Investments in Africa, October 31, 9:30am EDT (Wilson Center)

The Role of Diaspora and Civil Society in Shaping U.S. Policy Toward Africa, November 1, 5:10pm EDT (Howard University)

Africa in Focus: Shaping US-Africa Policy for the Future, November 7, 3:30pm EST (Georgetown University)

Symposium for Sustainable Peace and Security in West Africa, November 9, 9:00am EST (New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy)

Pivotal States: Where Does the U.S.-South Africa Strategic Partnership Go From Here?, November 9, 2:00pm EST (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
How Russian Disinformation Toppled Government After Government in Africa, by Elizabeth Dwoskin (The Washington Post)

The World Is Becoming More African, by Declan Walsh & Hannah Reyes Morales (The New York Times)

Continent At-Large
Democracy in Africa Is Not a Western Imposition, by Tafi Mhaka (Al-Jazeera)

US Strips Four More Countries of AGOA Trade Benefits, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

10 Key Debates at Next Week’s AGOA Summit in South Africa, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

U.S.- Africa Duty-Free Programme Needs Changes – U.S. Trade Official, by Joe Bavier (Reuters)

AGOA Forum: ‘Africa to Assert Its Place in Global Economy’, by Sarah Smit (Mail & Guardian)

SA Is Seeking to Maximise Its AGOA Benefits at 20th Annual Forum, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

Prior to AGOA Forum, Biden Administration Unlikely to Formally Transmit 2024 Eligibility Determinations to Congress, by Michael Walsh (Medium)

AGOA Gives US ‘Unworthy Licence to Interfere’ in Domestic Affairs of African States, by Brian Sokutu (The Citizen)

Africa-Focused US Law Reframed Around Countering China, Russia, by Michael Walsh (Asia Times)

Digital Press Briefing with Constance Hamilton, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa and Joy Basu, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs of the State Department (U.S. Department of State)

Cassidy Joins Call to Renew AGOA to Combat Chinese and Russian Influence in Africa, Provide Certainty for U.S. Businesses (Office of U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy)

Senators Coons, Scott, Kaine, Wicker Introduce Bill to Strengthen HBCUs’ Role in U.S.-Africa Partnerships (Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons)

Central Africa/Sudans
Why Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis Is Now Being Fought in Washington, by Amindeh Blaise Atabong (Semafor)

US Declares Toppling of Gabon’s Ali Bongo a Coup, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Troika Welcomes Meeting of Sudanese Civilians in Addis Ababa to Chart Next Steps in Restoring Sudan’s Democratic Governance (U.S. Department of State)

The United States, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Together with the African Union, Relaunch Humanitarian and Ceasefire Talks Between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces (U.S. Department of State)

Sudan Army Says to Resume US and Saudi-Led Talks on Ending War (Agence France Presse)

A Billion Dollar Copper/Cobalt Mine Is Up for Grabs in the DR Congo, Providing Rare Opening for the U.S. to Get in the Market, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

Open the Congo Files and Face Up to What the CIA Did, by Stuart A. Reid (The Washington Post)

East Africa/Horn
US Pledges Support for Somalia in Al-Shabaab Operations (Garowe Online)

North Africa
Assistant Secretary Witkowsky’s Travel to Libya and Tunisia (U.S. Department of State)

AFRICOM Commander and Senior Enlisted Leader Travel to Mauritania (AFRICOM)

Southern Africa
Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Development of the Lobito Corridor and the Zambia-Lobito Rail Line (U.S. Department of State)

AGOA Trade Deal Talks: South Africa Will Need to Carefully Manage Relations with the US and China, by Arno J. Vam Niekerk (The Conversation)

Ahead of Crucial AGOA Forum, Pretoria Again Treads a Fine Line with Its Stance on Israel, Palestine, Gaza, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

West Africa
Senators Take Biden Official to Task Over Coups in West Africa, by Lydia McFarlane (The Hill)

Extremist Attacks Escalate in Niger After Coup Topples American Ally, by Rachel Chason (The Washington Post)

Senate Shoots Down Effort to Withdraw US Troops from Niger, by Connor Echols (Responsible Statecraft)

Rand Paul Wants U.S. Troops Out of Niger, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

Recent Events
Instability in the Sahel and West Africa: Implications for U.S. Policy, October 24, 10:00am EDT (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Security Challenges in Africa: Coups, Terrorism, and External Interventions, October 25, 10:00am EDT (Orion Policy Institute)

Voices from American Industry on the AGOA Forum, October 30, 10:00am EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

October 24, 2023

Upcoming Events
Instability in the Sahel and West Africa: Implications for U.S. Policy, October 24, 10:00am EDT (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Security Challenges in Africa: Coups, Terrorism, and External Interventions, October 25, 10:00am EDT (Orion Policy Institute)

Voices from American Industry on the AGOA Forum, October 30, 10:00am EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

China’s Critical Mineral Investments in Africa, October 31, 9:30am EDT (Wilson Center)

News & Analysis
Continent At-Large
U.S. Defense Secretary Austin’s Trip to Africa: Can the U.S. Military Hold the Line in Africa?, by Daniel Volman (allAfrica)

Diaspora Initiative Looks to Tap into $1.7 Trillion African-American Purse, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Names Kendra Gaither President of U.S.-Africa Business Center (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Central Africa/Sudans
Concern over Increased Shelling and Civilian Casualties in Nyala and Omdurman (U.S. Department of State)

Risch, Cornyn, Rounds, Tim Scott Ask Biden Admin to Appoint Special Envoy to Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

Military Coup d’Etat in Gabon (U.S. Department of State)

US Formally Concludes that a Military Coup Has taken Place in Gabon (Voice of America)

East Africa/Horn
US Warns Against Doing Business in Uganda, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

U.S. Government Issues a Business Advisory for Uganda (U.S. Department of State)

U.S. Offers $5 Million Reward for Shabaab’s Deputy Emir, by Bill Roggio (Long War Journal)

North Africa
Washington Accepts Continuing Turkish Military Presence in Libya (Africa Intelligence)

Southern Africa
Hamas Allegations Threaten Another Breakdown in US-South Africa Ties, by Michael Walsh (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

SA Expected to Retain its AGOA Status Despite Differences with US, by Queenin Masuabi & Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

U.S. Embassy Urges Fair Resolution to Irregularities in 2023 Municipal Elections (U.S. Embassy in Mozambique)

Rapid Dollarization to Stymie Zimbabwe’s Plan to Drop Greenback, by Ray Ndlovu (Bloomberg)

West Africa
US Finally Recognizes Coup in Niger. Now What?, by Alex Thurston (Responsible Statecraft)

West Africa: Collapse of U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy in the Sahel, by Daniel Volman (allAfrica)

Joint Statement on the Meeting of the U.S.-Spain Working Group on the Sahel (U.S. Department of State)

Cardin, Risch Statement on One Year Anniversary of Black Thursday Massacre in Chad (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

U.S. Gathers Experts to Tackle Illegal Mining in Ghana (U.S. Embassy in Ghana)

Recent Events
The Future of the Wagner Group in Africa, October 18, 10:00am EDT (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

What Do Military Coups Mean for the Fight Against Violent Extremism in West Africa?, October 18, 10:00am EDT (Conflict Research Network West Africa)

Non-State Armed Groups and Illicit Economies in West Africa: JNIM, October 19, 9:00am EDT (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)

Rising to the Moment – Launching USAID’s new Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, October 19, 3:00pm EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Africa’s Future Series: Digital Governance, October 23, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California)

October 17, 2023

Upcoming Events
The Future of the Wagner Group in Africa, October 18, 10:00am EDT (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

What Do Military Coups Mean for the Fight Against Violent Extremism in West Africa?, October 18, 10:00am EDT (Conflict Research Network West Africa)

Non-State Armed Groups and Illicit Economies in West Africa: JNIM, October 19, 9:00am EDT (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)

Rising to the Moment – Launching USAID’s new Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, October 19, 3:00pm EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Africa’s Future Series: Digital Governance, October 23, 9:00am EDT (University of Southern California)

China’s Critical Mineral Investments in Africa, October 31, 9:30am EDT (Wilson Center)

News & Analysis
Continent At-Large
Biden’s Africa Policy Trilemma, by Haleigh Bartos & John Chin (The Duck of Minerva)

A Window of Opportunity to Build Critical Mineral Security in Africa, by Gracelin Baskaran (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

How the US Can Build Better Strategic Partnerships in Africa to Secure Critical Minerals, by Nii Simmonds & Shirley Martey Hargis (Atlantic Council)

US Seeks to ‘Diversify’ China-Dominated Africa Minerals Supply Chain, by Kate Bartlett (Voice of America)

Acting Special Coordinator for the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment Matza’s Travel to Angola, Zambia, DRC, and Belgium (U.S. Department of State)

How Views on Race Relations Shape African Americans’ Foreign Policy Preferences, by Christopher Shell (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Ignoring U.S. Calls for Peace, Egypt Delivered Drones to Sudan’s Military, by Benoit Faucon, Nicholas Bariyo, Summer Said (The Wall Street Journal)

Army Command Works to Engage With African Partners, by Jim Garamone (U.S. Department of Defense)

Where the United States Spends Its Development Aid (Devex)

Central Africa/Sudans
The Dirty Business of Green Energy in Congo, by Janvier Murairi, Sophia Pickles, Jack Wolf (New Lines Magazine)

U.S. Considers Dropping Sanctions Against Israeli Billionaire in Push for EV Metals, by Summer Said, Julie Steinberg, Stephen Kalin (The Wall Street Journal)

East Africa/Horn
Optimism as Kenya-US Trade Deal Enters 3rd Round of Negotiations, by Luke Anami (The East African)

North Africa
Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Egyptian President El-Sisi (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi Before Their Meeting (U.S. Department of State)

Blinken Meets Resistance in Courtship of Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Gaza War, by John Hudson & Claire Parker (The Washington Post)

Behind a Senator’s Indictments, a Foreign Spy Service Works Washington, by Mark Mazzetti & Vivian Lee (The New York Times)

U.S.-Algeria Strategic Dialogue (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
US Universities Help Malawi Establish First AI Center, by Lameck Masina (Voice of America)

Time for US to Revise Its Integrated Country Strategy for Zimbabwe, by Michael Walsh & Charles Ray (Times Live)

West Africa
Military Coup d’Etat in Niger (U.S. Department of State)

US Declares July Takeover in Niger Was a Military Coup, by Daphne Psaledakis & Phil Stewart (Reuters)

The US Declares the Ousting of Niger’s President a Coup and Suspends Military Aid and Training, by Sam Mednick & Tara Copp (Associated Press)

US Suspends Niger Aid Over Coup While Keeping Military Bases, by Henry Meyer & Nick Wadhams (Bloomberg)

US and France Seek New Host Country for Drone Base After Niger Coup, by Ekene Lionel (Military Africa)

US Takes Harder Stance in Niger with ‘Coup’ Designation, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Collapse of US Counterterrorism Strategy in the Sahel, by Daniel Volman (African Security Research Project)

Amid a Region Rife with Coups and Instability, Ghana is a Democratic Bulwark, by Donna Charles (United States Institute of Peace)

Ghana’s Akufo-Addo Urges US Not to Abandon Africa Amid Crises in Israel and Ukraine, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Recent Events
South Africa Elections 2024, October 10, 10:30am EDT (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Dialogue with Africa, October 10, 2:00pm EDT (Liberty University)

Talk Peace, Vote Peace: South Sudan’s 2024 Elections, October 11, 10:00am EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

Ghana’s Leadership in Building Peace in West Africa, October 12, 10:00am EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

The Sahel-Transatlantic Dialogues, October 16, 9:30am EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

October 10, 2023

Upcoming Events
South Africa Elections 2024, October 10, 10:30am EDT (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Dialogue with Africa, October 10, 2:00pm EDT (Liberty University)

Talk Peace, Vote Peace: South Sudan’s 2024 Elections, October 11, 10:00am EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

Ghana’s Leadership in Building Peace in West Africa, October 12, 10:00am EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

The Future of the Wagner Group in Africa, October 18, 10:00am EDT (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

China’s Critical Mineral Investments in Africa, October 31, 9:30am EDT (Wilson Center)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Africa Matters (The Wilson Quarterly)

Continent At-Large
US Consistency Is the First Casualty in Rash of African Coups, by Alex Thurston (Responsible Statecraft)

Africa Is Front and Center at IMF as US-China Rivalry Heats Up, by Ekow Dontoh, Mirette Magdy, Alister Bull (Bloomberg)

Silver Lining for African Countries of Silicon Valley Bank’s Demise, by Hippolyte Fofack (Brookings Institution)

French Decline in Africa Paves the Way for US, by Zineb Riboua (Washington Examiner)

Central Africa/Sudans
The U.S. Needs to Step Up in Sudan, by Cameron Hudson (World Politics Review)

US Suspends Military Aid to Rwanda Over Support for M23 Rebels in DRC, by Julian Pecquet & Romain Gras (The Africa Report)

US Extends Deportation Relief for Immigrants from Cameroon (Reuters)

East Africa/Horn
Despite One of the US Military’s Greatest Fiascoes, American Troops Are Still in Somalia Fighting an Endless War, by Jason C. Mueller (The Conversation)

U.S. Resumes Food Aid for Refugees in Ethiopia, by Abdi Latif Dahir (The New York Times)

North Africa
The Senate Begins to Stand Up to Egypt’s Dictator, by the Editorial Board (The Washington Post)

The Menendez Fiasco: Implications for US-Egyptian Relations, by Khalil E. Jahshan (Arab Center Washington DC)

Biden Administration to Work with Congress on Egypt Aid Concerns – State Dept, by Simon Lewis (Reuters)

Chairman Cardin Statement on Foreign Military Financing to Egypt (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

US Senator Blocks Egypt Military Aid Over Rights (Agence France Presse)

Special Online Press Briefing with Ambassador Richard Norland, U.S. Special Envoy for Libya (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
Washington ‘Recommits’ to Improve Bilateral Relations with South Africa, by Ignatius Annor (Voice of America)

Washington, Pretoria ‘Reaffirm and Recommit’ After Public Spat Over Russia, by Anita Powell (Voice of America)

Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with National Security Advisor Sydney Mufamadi of South Africa (The White House)

U.S. Mission Statement on Free and Fair Elections for the Official Campaign Season (U.S. Embassy in Madagascar)

West Africa
US Preparing to Officially Designate Military Takeover in Niger as a Coup d’Etat After Months of Delay, Officials Say, by Natasha Bertrand, Oren Liebermann, Alex Marquardt (CNN)

Liberia: US Threatens Visa Ban on Election Saboteurs, by Darlington Porkpa (The Africa Report)

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Liberia’s Upcoming Elections (United States Mission to the United Nations)

Nigeria: Tinubu Rival Enlists US Courts to Swing Election Judgement, by Eniola Akinkuotu (The Africa Report)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerien President Bazoum (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
Check out Why Is the US Training African Coup Leaders? (Responsible Statecraft)

October 3, 2023

Upcoming Events
Dialogue with Africa, October 10, 2:00pm EDT (Liberty University)

Ghana’s Leadership in Building Peace in West Africa, October 12, 10:00am EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
America Needs a New Strategy in Somalia: A Narrow Focus on Counterterrorism Won’t Bring Peace, by Sarah Harrison (Foreign Affairs)

Continent At-Large
U.S. Defense Secretary Tours Africa, by Jack Detsch (Foreign Policy)

US Defense Secretary Completes First Tour Across Africa, by Carla Babb (Voice of America)

A Partnership of Principle and Progress: Remarks by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III During a Trip to Africa (U.S. Department of Defense)

Austin Pledges Support to African Partners, by Jim Garamone (U.S. Department of Defense)

President Biden Announces the Inaugural Members of the President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States (The White House)

Meet Joe Biden’s 12 Diaspora Bridge Builders to Africa, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

New Initiative Aims to Connect US to Africa, by Anita Powell (Voice of America)

The Biden Administration Is Dangerously Downplaying the Global Terrorism Threat, by Charles Lister (Foreign Policy)

How Can African Countries Participate in U.S. Clean Energy Supply Chains?, by Zainab Usman & Alexander Csanadi (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Imperial Footprints in Africa: The Dismal Role of AFRICOM, by Binoy Kampmark (International Policy Digest)

Kennedy Introduces Bill to Extend African Growth and Opportunity Act (Office of U.S. Senator John Kennedy)

Central Africa/Sudans
Foreign Assistance Programs and Events in Gabon (U.S. Department of State)

US Suspends Foreign Assistance Programs to Gabon Following Military Coup (France 24)

U.S. Fears Sudan’s War Will Worsen Humanitarian Crisis, by Jack Detsch (Foreign Policy)

Designating Actors Undermining the Peace, Security, and Stability of Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

US Imposes Sanctions on Former Sudanese Minister and 2 Companies Backing the Paramilitary Force, by Jack Jeffery (Associated Press)

Cameroon: Anglophone Separatists Hire Lobby Firm for US and UN Push, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Africa’s Regional Forces Are Not Ready to Bring Peace in the DRC, the USA Says, by Lenin Ndebele (News 24)

East Africa/Horn
America Finally Finds Some Success in the War on Terror, by Michael M. Phillips (The Wall Street Journal)

Boost for Terror Fight as US, Kenya Sign Pact (The East African)

Austin Praises Kenya’s Commitment to Regional Peace, by Joseph Clark (U.S. Department of Defense)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy (U.S. Department of State)

North Africa
Senate Democrat Threatens to Block More of Military Aid to Egypt, by Karoun Demirjian (The New York Times)

U.S. General Met Notorious Libyan Warlord, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

Southern Africa
Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Pandor (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor Before Their Meeting (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
If the US Exits Niger, the Terrorists and Russians Win, by Andreas Kuth (Bloomberg)

After Siding With the West, Liberia is Now Aligned With China on Sensitive Territorial Issues, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

Visa Restriction Policy on Undermining Democracy in Liberia (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
Zimbabwe Elections Impact on US Foreign Policy, September 26, 10:30am EDT (Howard University)

One Year Later, What Is the Status of the U.S. Strategy Towards Africa?, September 26, 2:00pm EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

The Future of Homeland Security: Addressing the Rise of Terrorism in Africa, September 27, 10:00am EDT (House Committee on Homeland Security)

Examining the Current U.S.-South Africa Bilateral Relationship, September 27, 2:00pm EDT (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Politics and Security in the Democratic Republic of Congo, September 27, 2:00pm EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

September 26, 2023

Upcoming Events

Zimbabwe Elections Impact on US Foreign Policy, September 26, 10:30am EDT (Howard University)

One Year Later, What Is the Status of the U.S. Strategy Towards Africa?, September 26, 2:00pm EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Politics and Security in the Democratic Republic of Congo, September 27, 2:00pm EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Dialogue with Africa, October 10, 2:00pm EDT (Liberty University)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Why the New Cold War Will Split Africa: And How America Can Win Over the Continent, by Brett L. Carter (Foreign Affairs)

Continent At-Large
The U.S. Needs a New Africa Strategy, by Paul Du Quenoy (Newsweek)

Will Biden Visit Africa This Year?, by Witney Schneidman & Gracelin Baskaran (Brookings Institution)

Austin to Visit Key Allies in Africa Amid Bloody Struggles on the Continent, by Doug G. Ware (Stars and Stripes)

Pentagon Chief on Africa Tour Focusing on Defense Issues, by Carla Babb & Harun Maruf (Voice of America)

Biden Officials Focus on African Crises at United Nations Gathering, by Michael Crowley (The New York Times)

Wagner’s African Hosts Regret Letting Them In, by Jack Detsch (Foreign Policy)

The Elusive Figure Running Wagner’s Embattled Empire of Gold and Diamonds, by Benoit Faucon & Gabriele Steinhauser (The Wall Street Journal)

France’s Defeat in Africa Is A Warning Sign to the US, by Tom O’Connor (Newsweek)

China’s Space Collaboration with Africa: Implications and Recommendations for the United States, by Julie Michelle Klinger & Temidayo Isaiah Oniosun (United States Institute of Peace)

Republican Lawmakers in the U.S. Propose Yet Another Strategy to Challenge China’s Belt and Road Initiative, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

U.S. Plan Envisions Factories in Africa for Surging EV Battery Demand, by Joe Davidson (The Washington Post)

A Renewal of US-Africa Trade Law Without Changes Is a Lost Opportunity, Tai Says, by Ana Monteiro (Bloomberg)

Unlocking Africa’s Agricultural Potential, by Aubrey Hruby & Fatima Ezzahra Mengoub (Atlantic Council)

Ukraine Isn’t the Only Front in the Battle to Save Democracy, by K. Riva Levinson (The Messenger)

Central Africa/Sudans
U.S. Sudan Sanctions Won’t Work Without the UAE’s Help, by Yasir Zaidan (Foreign Policy)

Biden Rejects Meeting with Kiir (Sudans Post)

South Sudan Inks Deal with U.S.-Based Firm to Acquire Petronas Shares, by Baria Johnson (Eye Radio)

Rwanda’s President Says He’ll Run for a Fourth Term and Doesn’t Care What the West Thinks About It, by Ignatius Ssuuna & Cara Anna (Associated Press)

East Africa/Horn
US Pledges $100M to Back Proposed Kenyan-Led Multinational Force to Haiti, by Matthew Lee & Dánica Coto (Associated Press)

US and Kenya Sign Defense Agreement Ahead of Planned Haiti Deployment, by Evelyne Musambi (Associated Press)

MCC Awards Kenya $60 Million to Help Improve Urban Transport, by Mariama Diallo (Voice of America)

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Kenyan President Ruto (U.S. Department of State)

State Dept. Contractor Is Accused of Stealing Satellite Imagery of Africa, by Adam Goldman (The New York Times)

State and Justice Dept. Contractor Charged with Spying for Ethiopia, by Spencer S. Hsu (The Washington Post)

Austin Praises ‘Impressive Progress’ in Somali Fight Against al-Shabab, by Carla Babb (Voice of America)

US Defense Chief Meets Djibouti President, Defense Minister, by Mohammed Dhaysane (Anadolu Agency)

North Africa
Why Everyone Is Courting Mauritania, by Samuel Ramani (Foreign Policy)

Menendez Accused of Brazen Bribery Plot, Taking Cash and Gold, by Benjamin Weiser, Tracey Tully, William K. Rashbaum (The New York Times)

US Forces Fly in Much-Needed Aid to Libya After Major Floods, by Zamone Perez (MilitaryTimes)

Gen. Michael Langley’s Libya Visit Highlights USAID Humanitarian Aid Efforts and Bilateral Cooperation (AFRICOM)

AFRICOM Chief Meets Khalifa Haftar in Libya (The New Arab)

Informal Consultations on Supporting Libya’s Political Process on the Margins of the U.N. General Assembly (U.S. Department of State)

AFRICOM Commander Visits Tunisia (AFRICOM)

Southern Africa
South Africa to Host US-Africa Trade Summit Despite Russia Spat (Reuters)

South Africa’s Decision to Host US-Africa Trade Summit Sparks Diplomatic Tensions, by Victor Oluwole (Business Insider Africa)

Ramaphosa Goes on Charm Offensive During US Visit, by Lizeka Tandwa (Mail & Guardian)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hosts President of South Africa To Deepen Bilateral Trade and Investment Ties (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

U.S., Mozambique Sign $537M Connectivity and Coastal Resilience Compact (Millennium Challenge Corporation)

Austin Lauds Mozambique’s Leadership on Regional Security (U.S. Department of Defense)

Mozambique-U.S. Seek to Deepen Defence, Security Ties (Africanews)

US Government Raises Concern Over Attacks on Opposition Supporters (New Zimbabwe)

West Africa
US Companies ‘Willing to Make More Investments’ in Nigeria, by Ben Ezeamalu (The Africa Report)

US to ‘Evaluate’ Next Steps After French Announce Niger Withdrawal: Austin (Agence France Presse)

Readout of Justice Department Officials’ Trip to Ghana and Togo to Advance West Africa Consumer Fraud Initiative (U.S. Department of Justice)

U.S. Africa Command, Côte d’Ivoire Armed Forces Host the West Africa Logistics Conference in Abidjan (AFRICOM)

United States and Côte d’Ivoire Launch Child Protection Compact Partnership Activities (U.S. Department of State)

September 19, 2023

Upcoming Events
One Year Later, What Is the Status of the U.S. Strategy Towards Africa?, September 26, 2:00pm EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Dialogue with Africa, October 10, 2:00pm EDT (Liberty University)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Washington Must Not Allow Another Stolen Election in Congo, by Stephen R. Weissman & Anthony Gambino (Foreign Policy)

Continent At-Large
US and EU Join Forces on Rail Corridor in Play for African Minerals, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

The US and EU Are Doubling Down on Africa’s Strategic Corridors, by J. Peter Pham (The Hill)

Biden’s BRI Moment, by Peter Fabricius (Institute for Security Studies)

Further Downhill for African Democracy Efforts, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

How to Reverse a Coup, with Todd Moss, by Santi Ruiz (Statecraft)

US, Norway to Launch Africa Agriculture Fund, Commit $70 Million, by Daphne Psaledakis (Reuters)

Afrobarometer Delegation in Washington: Data-Driven Policy Solutions to Take Center Stage in Engagement with US Africa Policy Actors (Modern Ghana)

Central Africa/Sudans
The New Crisis in Darfur: What America, the African Union, and the UN Can Do to Stop the Killing, by Alex de Waal (Foreign Affairs)

On Civilian Casualties in Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

Museveni Defiant as US Firms Stop Uganda Imports Over Anti-Gay Law, by Andrew Bagala (Monitor Uganda)

How America Has Funded UPDF, by Chris Kayonga (Monitor Uganda)

East Africa/Horn
Kenya Is Most Stable Democracy in Africa – Meg Whitman, by Magdaline Saya (The Star)

In San Francisco, Kenya’s President Woos American Tech Companies Despite Increasing Taxes at Home, by Evelyne Musambi (Associated Press)

US Gave ‘Remote’ Help to Somali Military Operation That Killed Civilians, by Harun Maruf & Falastine Iman (Voice of America)

Al-Shabaab Leaders Fires Warning at US, Threatens Revenge (Garowe Online)

North Africa
US to Withhold $85 Million Aid to Egypt Over Political Detentions, by Humeyra Pamuk & Arshad Mohammed (Reuters)

See Why the US Has Decided to Withhold $85 Million Worth of Military Aid from Egypt, by Chinedu Okafor (Business Insider Africa)

Choosing Security Over Rights, U.S. Approves $235 Million in Egypt Aid, by Michael Crowley & Vivian Yee (The New York Times)

United States Supports Libyan Response to Devastating Floods, Activates a Disaster Assistance Response Team to the Region (United States Agency for International Development)

United States Expresses Support for Earthquake-Affected Communities in Morocco (United States Agency for International Development)

Southern Africa
SA and US Aim to Put AGOA Storm Behind Them (Business Day)

U.S. Military Hegemony a Tool for Exploitation, Says Zimbabwean Politician (Xinhua – Chinese State Media)

United States Announces Donation of Helicopters to Zambia Air Force (AFRICOM)

West Africa
U.S. Resumes Drone Operations From Niger, by Michael R. Gordon (The Wall Street Journal)

US Military Resumes Surveillance Flights Over Niger (Agence France Presse)

US Resumes Some Drone Operations in Niger for Force Protection, by Jeff Schogol (Task & Purpose)

The Real Meaning of Niger’s Coup: Will Anger at the West Entrench a New Authoritarian Order?, by Ebenezer Obadare (Foreign Affairs)

Deputy Treasury Secretary to Visit Nigeria to Bolster Economic Ties, by Alan Rappeport (The New York Times)

Stable Naira, Graft End Top US-Nigeria Goals, Adeyemo Says, by Anthony Osae-Brown (Bloomberg)

US Treasury’s Adeyemo Urges Nigeria to Work on Stable Currency, Fight Corruption (Reuters)

US Chamber of Commerce Hosts Nigerian President Tinubu for NASDAQ Bell Ringing (Zawya)

Nigeria, US, France to Boost Security in Gulf of Guinea (APA News)

Sierra Leone President Says US Pressured Him To Interfere In Vote (Agence France Presse)

Anti-George Weah Lobbying Gathers Steam in Washington (Africa Intelligence)

Recent Events
Rising Coups in Africa: The Road Ahead, September 14, 9:30am EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

September 13, 2023

Upcoming Events
Rising Coups in Africa: The Road Ahead, September 14, 9:30am EDT (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

One Year Later, What Is the Status of the U.S. Strategy Towards Africa?, September 26, 2:00pm EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Dialogue with Africa, October 10, 2:00pm EDT (Liberty University)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
US Response to Gabon and Niger Coups Suggests Need for a New West Africa Policy in Washington, by Julius A. Amin (The Conversation)

Continent At-Large
Africa’s Future Will Be Shaped by Africans, Not Outside Powers, by Alexander Clarkson (World Politics Review)

Why the US May Not Be the Partner of Choice for a Rising Africa, by Tom O’Connor (Newsweek)

Africa’s Dual Battle with Progress and Chaos, by Ahmed Charai (The National Interest)

Africa’s Coup Epidemic Reveals Weakness in Washington, by Yinka Adegoke (New York Post)

Recent African Coups: End of Françafrique, Need for US Leadership, by J. Peter Pham (The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune)

Coups, Counterterrorism, and Competition, by Katherine Zimmerman (The Liberal Patriot)

In African ‘Coup Belt,’ Western Values Must Now Compete, by Howard LaFranchi (The Christian Science Monitor)

In Africa, Russia Is Playing the West Like a Fiddle, by Ken Opalo (An Africanist Perspective)

Pentagon Misled Congress about U.S. Bases in Africa, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

U.S.-Africa Policy Adrift, by James Jay Carafano (GIS Reports)

U.S., Saudi Arabia in Talks to Secure Metals for EVs, by Summer Said, Julie Steinberg, Stephen Kalin (The Wall Street Journal)

Parallel Lines – US and China Vie for African Rail Dominance, by Ben Payton (African Business)

Walmart Goes All In on Africa, by Alexandra Wexler (The Wall Street Journal)

A Year on the Road with “Advance with Africa”, by Ellington Arnold (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

China, US Pledge Millions in Extra Help for Africa at Climate Summit, by Jevans Nyabiage (South China Morning Post)

United States Announces Key Investments During Africa Climate Summit (U.S. Department of State)

Central Africa/Sudans
Is the US Picking Sides in Sudan’s Civil War?, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

US Envoy Visits Chad Border with Sudan, Vows to Respond to Atrocities, by Michelle Nichols (Reuters)

Actions Against Senior Rapid Support Forces Commanders in Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield Announces Nearly $163 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Sudan Emergency Response (U.S. Department of State)

East Africa/Horn
US Injects $2 Million to Somali Army, to Bolster Al-Shabaab War (Garowe Online)

Airstrike Aimed at Al-Shabab Extremists in Somalia Kills Civilians (Garowe Online)

U.S. Forces Conducts Medical Evacuation of Injured Civilians in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia (AFRICOM)

Contractor for U.S. Government Charged With Spying for Ethiopia, Officials Say, by Adam Goldman & Glenn Tursh (The New York Times)

Why President Ruto Is America’s New ‘Mr Nice’ in Africa, by John Kamau (Nation Africa)

North Africa
The United States Reaffirms Its Support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan for Western Sahara as “Serious, Credible and Realistic”, by Raúl Redondo (Atalayar)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Foreign Minister Bourita of Morocco (U.S. Department of State)

On the Earthquake in Morocco (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
U.S., EU Unveil Next Steps in the Expansion of Angola’s Lobito Corridor Railway, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

West Africa
The US Must Tread More Carefully in Niger, by Adekeye Adebajo (Bloomberg)

What is the United States Doing in Niger?, by Ron Paul (The Orange County Register)

US Drone Flights Limited Since Niger Coup, by Carla Babb (Voice of America)

US Military Repositions Some Troops in Niger, Pulls Non-Essential Personnel (Reuters)

Recent Events
The ’Coup’ in Niger and its Impact on Long-term Policy Towards the Sahel, September 12, 10:00am EDT (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Check out Is It Time for a ‘Reset’ of the US Strategy in Africa? (Al Jazeera) and Africa’s Recent Contagion of Coups (Counterbalance, Hudson Institute)

September 5, 2023

Upcoming Events
The ’Coup’ in Niger and its Impact on Long-term Policy Towards the Sahel, September 12, 10:00am EDT (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

One Year Later, What Is the Status of the U.S. Strategy Towards Africa?, September 26, 2:00pm EDT (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Niger’s Coup and America’s Choice: Washington Should Push for Mediation, Not Military Intervention, by Hannah Rae Armstrong (Foreign Affairs)

Continent At-Large
Matt Gaetz Wants to Make the Pentagon Answer for Training Coup Leaders, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

The United States Marine Corps Is Not Designed for Deployment in Africa, by Glen Segell (London School of Economics)

What is Wagner’s “Value Proposition” in Africa?, by J. Peter Pham (The National Interest)

U.S. Africa Command Hosts the 2023 Strategic Religious Affairs Conference, by Jonathan Bell, Ryan Bareng, Robert Blalock (AFRICOM)

International Day for People of African Descent (U.S. Department of State)

Central Africa/Sudans
A Darling of the West, He Wore Out His Welcome at Home, by Declan Walsh & Dionne Searcey (The New York Times)

‘Obama’s Man in Africa’ Under House Arrest as Popular Coup Rocks Gabon, by Max Blumenthal (The Gray Zone)

Events in Gabon (U.S. Department of State)

Kagame Promotes General Sanctioned by US for War in DR Congo, by Patrick Ilunga (The East African)

East Africa/Horn
Rwanda President Says U.S. Puts Minerals Over Values in Africa, by Steve Clemons (Semafor)

North Africa
Why Libya’s Cackhanded Israel Diplomacy Is Bad for America, Too (The Economist)

U.S. and Moroccan Armies Conduct Joint CBRN Training Exercise in Agadir, Utilizing Revolutionary USC Truck, by Shae Cox (DVIDS)

Morocco-US Military Cooperation Discussed with Congressmen Delegation in Rabat (North Africa Post)

Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Phee’s Conversation with Algerian Foreign Minister Attaf (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
South African Inquiry Rebuts U.S. Charge on Russian Arms, by John Eligon & Lynsey Chutel (The New York Times)

Trade Between US and South Africa Is Mutually Beneficial If It Doesn’t Compromise SA’s Sovereignty, by Lyndall Singh (Mail & Guardian)

Automotive Sector Warns SA Must Not Lose Its AGOA Ties, by Banele Ginindza (IOL)

In China’s Shadow, U.S. Rushes Back to Neglected Indian Ocean Island, by Liz Sly (The Washington Post)

Zimbabwe Elections: South Africa, US Note Observer Concerns (Reuters)

The Starkly Different Responses by the U.S. and China to Zimbabwe’s Controversial Election, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

Disquiet Over US Military Bases in SADC, by Savious Kwinika (Caj News Africa)

USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman Travels to Tanzania and Malawi (U.S. Agency for International Development)

West Africa
The Niger Coup’s Outsized Global Impact, by Gilles Yabi (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Shocked by Niger Coup, Victoria Nuland Appeared “Desperate” During Africa Tour, by Anya Parampil (The Gray Zone)

U.S. Throws France Under the Bus After Niger Coup, by Konrad Yakabuski (The Globe and Mail)

Visa Restriction Policy on Undermining the Democratic Process in Sierra Leone (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
A View from the Right: Republican Perspectives on US-Africa Policy, August 29, 12:00pm EDT (Atlantic Council)

Time for Choices in Niger, August 31, 1:00pm EDT (Atlantic Council)

Check out “Prospects for U.S. Minerals Engagement with Africa”: Audio Brief with Gracelin Baskaran (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

August 28, 2023

Upcoming Events
A View from the Right: Republican Perspectives on US-Africa Policy, August 29, 12:00pm EDT (Atlantic Council)

News & Analysis
Top Picks
Is Niger’s Coup the Sahel’s Last Straw?, by Robbie Gramer (Foreign Policy)

The United States Should Work With the Sahel’s New Juntas, by Colin P. Clarke & Michael Shurkin (World Politics Review)

Continent At-Large
Why Ignoring Malaria in Africa Undermines U.S. Interests, by Sohini Chatterjee & Mark P. Lagon (The National Interest)

Case Studies: US Military Assistance in Africa Doesn’t Work, by Jim Lobe (Responsible Statecraft)

United States Turns Focus to Africa in Shifting Global Landscape, by Alemitu Homa (Addis Standard)

China Tries to Increase Its Clout in Africa Amid Rivalry With the U.S., by David Pierson and Lynsey Chutel (The New York Times)

Central Africa/Sudans
The Central African Republic’s Constitutional Referendum (U.S. Department of State)

US Calls on Central African Republic to Announce Date for Local Elections, by Kanishka Singh (Reuters)

U.S. Sanctions Individuals Contributing to the Recent Escalation of Conflict in the DRC (U.S. Department of State)

US Sanctions 6 Rwandans, Congolese Over Conflict in Eastern DRC, by Patrick Ilunga (The East African)

On Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

Elections in Gabon (U.S. Department of State)

East Africa/Horn
US Air Strike Said to Kill 13 Al-Shabaab Militants in Somalia (Reuters)

Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Hammer Travels to Kenya and Ethiopia (U.S. Department of State)

North Africa
Secretary Blinken’s Call with Foreign Minister Shoukry of Egypt (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
Election Results in Zimbabwe (U.S. Department of State)

Presidential Elections in Zimbabwe (U.S. Department of State)

USAID Calls for Immediate Release of Detained Members of Zimbabwe Civil Society (U.S. Agency for International Development)

Risch Statement on Elections in Zimbabwe (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

West Africa
US Says Niger Has Not Told US Ambassador to Leave the Country (Reuters)

15 US-Backed Officers Had Hand in 12 West African Coups, by Nick Turse (Responsible Statecraft)

Can West Africa Survive the Coup in Niger?, by Komlan Avoulete (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

The US Targeted His Assets. Nigeria Made Him Budget Minister, by William Clowes (Bloomberg)

Presidents Tinubu, Biden to Meet at UN, Likely Discuss Niger (Voice of America)

Assistant Secretary Phee’s Travel to Nigeria, Chad, and Ghana (U.S. Department of State)

August 21, 2023

Upcoming Events
A View from the Right: Republican Perspectives on US-Africa Policy, August 29, 12:00pm EDT (Atlantic Council)

News & Analysis
Top Picks
The United States Should Decouple It’s West Africa Policy from France, by Ken Opalo (The Africanist Perspective)

Less is More: A New Strategy for US Security Assistance to Africa, by Elizabeth Shackelford, Ethan Kessler, Emma Sanderson (The Chicago Council on Global Affairs)

Continent At-Large
Takeaways from a Landscaping Analysis of African Organizations with Impact Evaluation Capacity, by Justin Hurley, Janeen Madan Keller, Erin Collinson (Center for Global Development)

Africa Is Being Courted by China, Russia and the US. Why the Continent Shouldn’t Pick Sides, by Bhaso Ndzendze (The Conversation)

Progress and Promise – Delivering on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Partnership, by Johnnie Carson (allAfrica)

What a U.S.-DRC-Zambia Electric Vehicle Batteries Deal Reveals About the New U.S. Approach Toward Africa, by Folashadé Soulé (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

America Has Lost the War Against Islamist Terror in Africa, by Nick Turse (The Spectator)

Is Western Media’s Perception of Africa Racist?, by Ramzy Baroud (Common Dreams)

Central Africa/Sudans
Designation of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Public Officials for Significant Corruption (U.S. Department of State)

US Imposes Visa Ban on Congolese Officials for Trafficking Wildlife to China, by Patrick Ilunga (The East African)

US Calls On Rwanda, DR Congo to De-Escalate (Agence France Presse)

On Fighting in Nyala in South Darfur, Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

East Africa/Horn
Kenya and the US Are Negotiating a Trade Deal That Could Be a Model for Africa – But Its Position on Workers Needs a Rethink, by Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile (The Conversation)

Whitman Says US-Kenya Bilateral Trade Pact to Be Concluded by End of Year, by Wangechi Purity (Capital News)

Kenya’s 2022 Election Was Free and Fair – US Ambassador Maintains, by Felix Kipkemoi (The Star)

US Ambassador Whitman Caught Up in Kenya Political Crossfire, by Otieno Otieno (The East African)

Keep Your Mouth Shut – Raila Tells Off US Ambassador Meg Whitman, by Brian Oruta (The Star)

Ruto Defends US Envoy Meg Whitman Over Raila’s Onslaught, by Esther Nyambura (The Standard)

US Says Airstrike Kills 5 al-Shabaab Terrorists in Somalia, by Natasha Bertrand (CNN)

U.S. Forces Provide Assistance to Somalia National Army (AFRICOM)

Honorable Mara Karlin Concludes Visit to Djibouti (U.S. Department of Defense)

Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Mike Hammer Travels to Stockholm and Brussels (U.S. Department of State)

North Africa
Advocates Cite Mauritania’s Ongoing Slavery in Pushing for End to Deportations, by Rafael Bernal (The Hill)

Thousands More Mauritanians Are Making Their Way to the US, Thanks to a Route Spread on Social Media, by Jake Offenhartz, Patrick Orsagos and Renata Brito (Associated Press)

Southern Africa
In the Battle for Economic Primacy, Where Does AGOA Fit?, by Sarah Smit (Mail & Guardian)

Brigety Stays Put, by Lizeka Tandwa (Mail & Guardian)

Anti-Zimbabwe Media Blackout Unsettles US (Bulawayo 24)

The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) Commander Reinforces U.S.-Mozambique Security Cooperation (African Business)

West Africa
Biden Must Immediately Call Niger’s Coup a ‘Coup’, by Austin S. Matthews (The Hill)

Niger Junta Appoints U.S.-Trained Military Officers to Key Jobs, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

Arrival of Ambassador Kathleen FitzGibbon to Niger (U.S. Department of State)

New US Envoy Now In Niger, But No Policy Change: State Dept (Agence France Presse)

US Readying Plans to Evacuate Drone Bases If Necessary Under Niger’s New Junta, Commander Says, by Ellen Knickmayer (Associated Press)

Coup in Niger Upends U.S. Terrorism Fight and Could Open a Door for Russia, by Eric Schmitt, Declan Walsh and Elian Peltier (The New York Times)

‘It’s Like a Bad Monster Movie’: U.S. Officials Who Helped Train Nigerien Troops Reel from Coup, by Lara Seligman & Nahal Toosi (Politico)

Blindsided: Hours Before the Coup in Niger, U.S. Diplomats Said the Country Was Stable, by Courtney Kube, Mosheh Gains and Dan De Luce (NBC News)

Did American Diplomacy Under Biden ‘Lose’ Niger?, by Simon Hankinson & Brett Schaefer (The Daily Signal)

Niger: A Longtime Bastion of Stability in West Africa Could Drive Destabilization, by Riley Moeder & Tammy Palacios (New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy)

Niger’s Coup Shows the West’s Peril in Africa, by François Baird (The Wall Street Journal)

Niger Coup: Will the West Change Its Security Approach to the Sahel?, by Ismail Numan Telci & Fuat Emir Sefkatli (Al-Jazeera)

Niger’s Coup Will Likely Lead to More NATO Intervention, by Marc Ramsingh (Louisville Cardinal)

US Deeply Concerned by Threat of Worsening Violence in Mali (Reuters)

Controversial S.Leone Radio Interview With US Envoy Airs (Agence France Presse)

Pressure Mounts on Illegitimate President Bio as US Envoy Condemns Planned Electoral Review, by Abdul Rashid Thomas (The Sierra Leone Telegraph)

August 15, 2023

News & Analysis
Top Picks
The Deluge Facing Africa’s Leaders Is Going to Get Worse, by Alex de Waal (The New York Times)

How to Respond to Niger’s Coup — and Prevent the Next One, by Joseph Sany (United States Institute of Peace)

West Africa’s Grim Trajectory, by Santiago Stocker (Just Security)

Continent At-Large
Russia-US: Will the Real Friend of Africa Please Stand Up?, by Musinguzi Blanshe (The Africa Report)

Africa After Prigozhin Is an Opportunity for the West, by Jaynisha Patel (Foreign Policy)

If Your Country Is Falling Apart, the Wagner Group Will Be There, by Colin P. Clarke (The New York Times)

It’s Time for U.S. Agriculture Leaders to Challenge China in Africa, by Kip E. Tom (The National Interest)

Fraying Bonds: The Erosion of U.S.-Africa Relations, by Tahir Abbas (Modern Diplomacy)

AFRICOM Belongs Here in Charleston, by Ken Ryan (The Post and Courier)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Waihiga Mwaura of BBC Focus on Africa (U.S. Department of State)

Central Africa/Sudans
US Issues Advisory Highlighting Risks of Doing Business in South Sudan (Reuters)

East Africa/Horn
US Vetoes Compensation of Embassy Blast Victims, by Luke Anami (The East African)

North Africa
Morocco Looks Beyond US, France in Arms Race with Algeria, by Achraf Tijani (The Africa Report)

Southern Africa
Upcoming National Elections Complicate Efforts to Reset US-South Africa Relations, by Michael Walsh (Foreign Policy Research Institute)

South Africa Pushing for US Ambassador Reuben Brigety’s Expulsion, by Sarah Smit (Mail & Guardian)

‘Aggressive Push’ to Expel US Ambassador from SA as Government Data Shows No Weapons Exports to Russia, by Ed Stoddard (Daily Maverick)

Reflections on “A U.S. Envoy’s Tongue-Lashing of South Africa Infuriates Foggy Bottom”, by Michael Walsh (Medium)

How Zimbabwe’s Charm Offensive with the West Went South, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Zimbabwe’s Impending Elections: A Challenge for International Observers, by Larry Garber (Just Security)

US Think Tank Urges Zimbabweans to ‘Show Commitment for Democracy’ Ahead of Poll, by Lenin Ndebele (News 24)

West Africa
Niger Is Not Just a Western Problem, by Jack Detsch (Foreign Policy)

A Key Lesson from the Niger Crisis: Africans, Not Global Powers, Will Plot the Continent’s Path, by Nesrine Malik (The Guardian)

The Coup in Niger Threatens American Interests, by Francois Baird (The National Interest)

Niger Needs America’s Help, by Mamadou Kiari Liman-Tinguiri (The Wall Street Journal)

Time to Change US Policy Toward Niger and Its West African Neighbors, by C. William Walldorf Jr. (Defense One)

At Center of Niger’s Coup Is One of America’s Favorite Generals, by Michael M. Phillips (The Wall Street Journal)

At Least Five Members of Niger Junta Were Trained by U.S., by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

US Military Mission in Niger in Focus After Coup, by Idrees Ali & Daphne Psaledakis (Reuters)

U.S. Forces Under ‘Protection Measures’ As African Troops Deploy for Niger, by Tom O’Connor (Newsweek)

How the Niger Coup Unfolded, by Vanda Felbab-Brown (Brookings Institution)

Did the Niger Coup Just Succeed? And Other Questions Answered About What’s Next in the Sahel (New Atlanticist, Atlantic Council)

US to Hold Niger Military Junta Accountable for Detained Leader’s Safety, Blinken Says, by Kanishka Singh (Reuters)

US and UN Concerned for Ousted Niger President Mohamed Bazoum’s Health, by Thomas Mackintosh (BBC)

Defense Official Says Force Posture in Niger Is Unchanged, by David Vergun (Department of Defense)

Ghana’s Trade with the US Hits a Record High $1.8 Billion Trade Surplus, by Chinedu Okafor (Business Insider Africa)

Recent Events
Prospects for Democracy, Security, and Political Reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo, August 14, 10:00am EDT (Brookings Institution)

The Wagner Group in Africa: Myth vs. Reality, August 14, 12:00pm EDT (The Resistance Bureau)

August 8, 2023

Upcoming Events
Prospects for Democracy, Security, and Political Reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo, August 14, 10:00am EDT (Brookings Institution)

News & Analysis
Top Picks
U.S. Seeks to Balance Security and Human Rights in Turbulent West Africa, by Rachel Chason & John Hudson (The Washington Post)

Putting the Recent Coups in the Sahel in Broader Perspective, by Ken Opalo (An Africanist Perspective)

President of Niger: My Country Is Under Attack and I’ve Been Taken Hostage, by Mohamed Bazoum (The Washington Post)

Continent At-Large
Africa’s Critical Minerals Could Power America’s Green Energy Transition, by Witney Schneidman & Vera Songwe (Foreign Policy)

US Fashion Brands Urge Early Renewal of Africa Trade Program, by Olivia Rockeman (Bloomberg)

Does U.S. Military Training Embolden Coup Plotters in Africa?, by Emma Ashford & Matthew Kroenig (Foreign Policy)

The Wagner Group in Africa Serves Putin’s Global Ambitions, by Zineb Riboua (The Wall Street Journal)

Putin and Wagner Are Still Gunning for Africa, by James Stavridis (Bloomberg)

Kleptocratic Cooperation in Africa: How Russia and China Undermine Democracy, by J.R. Mailey, Andrea Ngombet Malewa, Ed. Melissa Aten (National Endowment for Democracy)

Preserving the Diversity Visa Helps the U.S. Counter Chinese and Russian Influence in Africa, by Gil Guerra (Niskanen Center)

U.S. Lawmakers Want to Sell More Stuff to Africa and Latin America to Counter China, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

Foreign Aid: A Political Weapon or Goodwill?, by Keifala Kanneh (Modern Ghana)

Joint Statement on Working Group on African and Global Issues (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Blinken’s Remarks at the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit for Young African Leaders (U.S. Department of State)

Central Africa/Sudans
Statement on Atrocities in Darfur, Sudan (U.S. Department of State)

East Africa/Horn
The U.S. Wants Kenya to Lead a Multinational Force in Haiti. But Watchdogs Worry That Could Fuel Rights Abuses, by Cara Anna (Time)

Kenya Considering Leading a Multinational Force in Haiti (U.S. Department of State)

Blinken Speaks of ‘Immediately Implementing’ Pretoria Agreement in Phone Call with Abiy (Addis Standard)

North Africa
Secretary Blinken’s Call with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry (U.S. Department of State)

Southern Africa
Embassy Luanda Launches the Dinheiro Digital é Melhor Project to Increase Financial Inclusion (U.S. Department of State)

‘Kill the Boer’ Song Fuels Backlash in South Africa and U.S., by John Eligon (The New York Times)

LGBTQI+ Special Envoy Stern’s Travel to Mauritius and South Africa (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
Senior State Dept. Official Visits Niger to Negotiate with Junta, by Katharine Houreld & Michael Birnbaum (The Washington Post)

Top US Official Traveled to Niger and Held ‘Difficult’ Talks with Junta Officials, by Daphne Psaledakis, Humeyra Pamuk, Simon Lewis (Reuters)

Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland’s Trip to Niger (U.S. Department of State)

Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on the Situation in Niger (U.S. Department of State)

Why the US Isn’t Calling the Crisis in Niger a ‘Coup’, by Laura Kelly (The Hill)

Why the U.S. Hasn’t Declared a Coup in Niger, by William Rampe (Reason)

Biden Administration Unwilling to Call Niger Coup a ‘Coup’, by Nahal Toosi & Lara Seligman (Politico)

How the U.S. Fumbled Niger’s Coup and Gave Russia an Opening, by Drew Hinshaw, Benoit Faucon, Joe Parkinson (The Wall Street Journal)

What Niger’s Coup Means for West Africa’s Geopolitical Contest, by Rama Yade (New Atlanticist, Atlantic Council)

Why Many Nigeriens Want Russia in and the West Out, by Collin Meisel & Adam Szymanski-Burgos (Time)

Countering Coups: How to Reverse Military Rule Across the Sahel, by Kamissa Camara & Susan Stigant (United States Institute of Peace)

Ordered Departure of Non-Emergency U.S. Government Personnel from U.S. Embassy Niamey (U.S. Department of State)

In Niger, the US Seeks to Hang on to Its Last, Best Counterterrorist Outpost in West Africa, by Ellen Knickmeyer, Sam Mednick, Cara Anna (Associated Press)

Future of US Drone Base in Nigér in Question, by Ekene Lionel (Military Africa)

US Troops Restricted to American Bases, Embassy in Niger, by Natahsa Bertrand, Jennifer Hansler, Kylie Atwood (CNN)

U.S. Suspends Security Cooperation with Niger as Europeans Evacuate, by Karen DeYoung, Dan Lamothe, Michael Birnbaum (The Washington Post)

Niger Upheaval Underscores US Military’s Challenges in African Joint Missions, by John Vandiver (Stars and Stripes)

Niger Coup Could Jeopardize US Counterterrorism Operations in Africa, by Chris Gordon (Air & Space Forces Magazine)

Why Nigeria Shouldn’t Let America Push It to War in Niger Republic, by Emmanuel Ogebe (Sundiata Post)

The Risk of a West African War, by James Barnett (Hudson Institute)

U.S. to Pause Some Financial Aid to Niger as Country Reels From Coup, by Vivian Salama (The Wall Street Journal)

Foreign Assistance Programs and Events in Niger (U.S. Department of State)

Risch, Menendez Statement on the Situation in Niger (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerien President Bazoum (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with African Union Commission Chairperson Faki About the Attempted Takeover in Niger (U.S. Department of State)

Recent Events
Russia-Africa Summit Reflections, August 3, 9:00am EDT (South African Institute of International Affairs)

Democracy Derailed: Sudan’s Precarious Information Environment, August 8, 8:00am EDT (Atlantic Council)

Check out U.S. – Russia Tensions Are Playing Out in Niger in the Wake of Its Military Coup (NPR)

August 1, 2023

Upcoming Events
Russia-Africa Summit Reflections, August 3, 9:00am EDT (South African Institute of International Affairs)

News & Analysis
Top Picks
A Coup in Niger: What It Means for Africa, U.S. and Partners, by Kamissa Camara (United States Institute of Peace)

Washington Must React Realistically to the Coup in Niger, by J. Peter Pham (The National Interest)

Continent At-Large
How the West Could Actually Help the Sahel, by Howard W. French (Foreign Policy)

Another Chip Falls in Africa, and America Remains AWOL, by Michael Rubin (AEIdeas)

African Perception of the United States in an Evolving Geopolitical Landscape, by Fikayo Akeredolu (Africa Up Close, Wilson Center)

Why Africa Talks So Much About Infrastructure, by Mark A. Green (Stubborn Things, Wilson Center)

Shifting Sands of Supply: Africa, China, and the Global Race for Rare Earth Elements, by Shane Tews & Nii Simmonds (AEIdeas)

US Takes Aim at Kremlin Over Russia-Africa Summit: ‘No Meaningful Commitments’, by Paul Tilsley (Fox News)

Kremlin Accuses West of Trying to Sabotage Its Showcase Russia-Africa Summit, by Andrew Osborn (Reuters)

Is the Wagner Group a Terrorist Organization?, by Amy Mackinnon (Foreign Policy)

Shopping for Russian Guns, Dodging American Lectures, by Joseph Were (The Independent Uganda)

How the U.S. Can Build Democracy in Africa, by Michael Dziedzic (The Washington Post)

Italy’s Meloni to Push for Greater NATO Role in Africa During US Visit, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

US Supports Permanency for Africa on Security Council, Becoming Significant Trade Player, by Tobi Awodipe (The Guardian Nigeria)

New Report Finds Disproportionate F-1 Visa Denials in Africa and the Global South, by Rajika Bhandari, Hilary O’Haire, Shelley Landry, Jill Welch (The Presidents’ Alliance and Shorelight)

African and South American College Students Face High Hurdles to Study in the U.S., by Emi Tuetnhi Tran (NBC News)

Secretary Blinken to Deliver Remarks at the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit for Young African Leaders (U.S. Department of State)

Central Africa/Sudans
France and the US’s Possible Faustian Pact with CAR’s Touadéra, by Peter Fabricius (Institute for Security Studies)

East Africa/Horn
Designating Senior ISIS-Somalia Financier (U.S. Department of State)

US and Somalia Discuss Strategies for Fighting Al-Shabaab Financial Empire (Garowe Online)

Reps. Omar and Garamendi Call for Resumption of Food Aid to Ethiopia (Office of Rep. Ilhan Omar)

America’s Decision to Tighten Its Monetary Policy May Add Pressure to Tanzania’s Economy, by Chinedu Okafor (Business Insider Africa)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Kenyan President Ruto (U.S. Department of State)

North Africa
US Lawmakers Urge Biden to Withhold More Military Aid to Egypt (Al-Jazeera)

Southern Africa
America Needs South Africa inside AGOA, by Francois Baird (The National Interest)

Powerful US Senator Jim Risch Tables Legislation to Scuttle SA’s Hosting of AGOA Forum, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

Senior Coordinator for Atlantic Cooperation Lapenn’s Travel to Namibia, South Africa, and Angola (U.S. Department of State)

West Africa
Explainer: What Is at Stake for the United States in Niger?, by Daphne Psaledakis & Simon Lewis (Reuters)

Why the Niger Coup Matters — and What the U.S. Should Do About It, by the Editorial Board (The Washington Post)

U.S. Sees ‘Narrow Opportunity’ to Reverse Coup in Niger as Ousted President Meets Chad’s Leader, by Courtney Kube, Mosheh Gains, Abigail Williams, Dan De Luce (NBC News)

‘Washington Has to Thread a Very Difficult Needle’ on Niger Response, Experts Say, by Jennifer Hansler (CNN)

The Military Seizes Power in Niger, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

Soldiers Mutiny in U.S.-Allied Niger, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

Niger Becomes Latest Domino Falling to Western-Trained Militaries, by Alex Thurston (Responsible Statecraft)

Niger Coup Upends U.S. Security Plans in West Africa, Handing Russia an Opportunity, by Michael M. Phillips, Benoit Faucon, Drew Hinshaw (The Wall Street Journal)

Niger Coup Threatens Western Counterterrorism Efforts and Could Offer Opportunities to Russia, by Liam Karr (Critical Threats Project)

Domestic Actors, Outside Powers, and the Unfolding Political Crisis in Niger, by Sebastian Elischer (Democracy in Africa)

The West Saw Niger as a Democratic Bulwark. Then, a Coup Happened., by Ishaan Tharoor (The Washington Post)

Niger Coup: US Offers ‘Unflagging’ Support to Ousted Leader as Sanctions Threatened (The Guardian)

US Threatens to Pull All Aid for Niger, by Jeff Seldin (Voice of America)

US, Partners Communicating with Military Leaders in Niger, by Steve Holland & Daphne Psaledakis (Reuters)

Secretary Blinken’s Calls with Nigerien President Bazoum and Former President Issoufou (U.S. Department of State)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerien President Bazoum (U.S. Department of State)

Readout of Vice President Harris’s Call with President Tinubu of Nigeria (The White House)

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerian President Bola Tinubu (U.S. Department of State)

Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit on Niger (U.S. Department of State)

Wagner in Mali: US Sanctions Camara, Diarra, Bagayoko, by Benjamin Roger (The Africa Report)

Why Is the Biden Administration Overlooking Nigeria’s Jihadi Attacks on Christians?, by Lela Gilbert (Hudson Institute)

Recent Events
From Monitoring to Action: Preventing Atrocities in Sudan, July 28, 10:00am EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

July 25, 2023

Upcoming Events
From Monitoring to Action: Preventing Atrocities in Sudan, July 28, 10:00am EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
The West Needs to Prepare for the ‘Next Wagner’ in Africa, by Christopher Faulkner, Raphael Parens, Marcel Plichta (World Politics Review)

Continent At-Large
Africans Challenge Biden Policies at US Business Summit, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

The Western Summits Are Invariably a Disappointment for Africa, by V.A. Albia (Daily Post Nigeria)

Beyond AGOA: Building a Bigger Africa Policy, by Eliot Pence (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Could Supply Chain Security Take U.S. Firms to Africa?, by Ned Rausch-Mannino (RealClear Defense)

U.S. Tasks African Youths on Activism, Good Governance, by Tobi Awodipe (The Guardian Nigeria)

Lessons From a New Era of African Statecraft, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

American Special Operations Command in Africa Puts Navy SEAL in Charge, by John Vandiver (Stars and Stripes)

SOCAFRICA Holds Change of Command Ceremony (DVIDS)

What Is AFRICOM? How the U.S. Military is Militarizing and Destabilizing Africa, by Samar Al-Bulushi (Teen Vogue)

If the US Is Serious About Countering China, Why Does It Ignore Africa?, by Michael Rubin (Washington Examiner)

Examining China’s Impact on Mining in Africa: Critiques and Credible Responses, by Lauren Herzer Risi & Claire Doyle (Africa Up Close, The Wilson Center)

Why the U.S. is Losing Africa to China and Russia, by David L. Dambre (Modern Diplomacy)

US to Be Harmed Irreparably If Russian Gains in Africa Continue to Grow, Witnesses Tell Congress, by Darren Taylor (The Epoch Times)

Why Is Joe Biden Surrendering to the Wagner Group in Africa?, by Michael Rubin (1945)

What’s Ahead for the Wagner Group in Africa and the Middle East?, by Vanda Felbab-Brown (Brookings Institution)

Russia Unveils US Military Plot to Test Unregistered Drugs on African Populations (Press TV — Iranian State Media)

Youth Arts and Sports: Underutilized Tools in International Stability Efforts, by Abigail Edwards & John Christianson (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Central Africa/Sudans
Fears of Sudan Refugee Influx to West Misplaced: US Official (Agence France Presse)

East Africa/Horn
US Airstrike Kills 5 al-Shabaab Militants in Somalia, by Haley Britzky (CNN)

U.S. Forces Provide Assistance to Somalia National Army (AFRICOM)

North Africa
Tunisia Receives Four T-6C Training Aircraft from U.S (Reuters)

Southern Africa
Inside the Desperate Diplomatic Efforts to Salvage U.S.-South Africa Ties, by Robbie Gramer (Foreign Policy)

Somebody Should Arrest Putin, and the US Can Help, by Andreas Kluth (Bloomberg)

Senior South African Says US Cluster Bomb Decision Will Affect Africa (Africanews)

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Nelson Mandela International Day (United States Mission to the United States)

West Africa
Imposing Sanctions on Malian Officials in Connection with the Wagner Group (U.S. Department of State)

US Sanctions Malian Officials Over Alleged Ties to Wagner Group (Reuters)

US Sanctions Mali’s Defence Minister, Officials Over Wagner Ties (Al Jazeera)

Malians Describe Atrocities Committed by US-Backed Army Troops, Wagner Mercenaries, by Brett Wilkins (Common Dreams)

Togo Offers Washington a Diplomatic Win if it Takes It, by Komlan Avouletem (International Policy Digest)

AFRICOM Chief Michael Langley Set to Visit Lomé (Africa Intelligence)

US Donates Defender-Class Boats to Ghana’s Naval Forces, by Ekene Lionel (Military Africa)

Recent Events
Redefining Crisis Responses: Unveiling The Sahel Dilemma and Innovative Engagement Approaches, July 18, 11:00am EDT (Africa Faith & Justice Network)

Great Power Competition Implications in Africa: The Russian Federation and its Proxies, July 18, 2:00pm EDT (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Russia in Africa: The Wagner Group, Russia-Africa Summit and Beyond, July 19, 9:30am EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

Check out Ambassador Katherine Tai Outlines America’s Trade Agenda for Africa (CNBC) and Moscow’s Diplomatic Approach to the Russia-Africa Summit (United States Institute of Peace)

July 18, 2023

Upcoming Events
Redefining Crisis Responses: Unveiling The Sahel Dilemma and Innovative Engagement Approaches, July 18, 11:00am EDT (Africa Faith & Justice Network)

Great Power Competition Implications in Africa: The Russian Federation and its Proxies, July 18, 2:00pm EDT (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Russia in Africa: The Wagner Group, Russia-Africa Summit and Beyond, July 19, 9:30am EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

News & Analysis
Top Picks
Here’s Why US-Africa Trade Under AGOA Has Been Successful for Some Countries but Not Others, by Landry Signé (Brookings Institution)

Reimagining the AGOA to Deepen the U.S.-African Economic Partnership, by Daniel F. Runde & Thomas Bryja (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Continent At-Large
United States AGOA and Private Sector Collaboration as Backbone for Strengthening Relations with Africa, by Kester Kenn Klomegah (Modern Diplomacy)

Engaging with Africa Starts on Main Street, by Scott Eisner & Bob Harvey (The Hill)

African Leaders at Business Summit Call for Extension of Trade Deal With US, by Mqondisi Dube (Voice of America)

African Trade Ministers Push for Revamp of AGOA Trade Act, by Yinka Adegoke (Semafor)

U.S.-Africa Business Summit Looks to Enhance Africa’s Value in Global Chains, by Nontobeko Mlambo (allAfrica)

USAID Announces Appointment of Prosper Africa Coordinator (United States Agency for International Development)

US: 10 Things to Know About British Robinson, the New Head of Prosper Africa, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Delivers on Major Trade and Investment Deals Following the 2022 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit (The White House)

US Shows Off $6 Billion In Africa Deals Since Biden’s ‘All In’ Vow (Agence France Presse)

U.S.- Africa Trade and Investment Flourish, Fueling Economic Growth and Job Creation, by Stacy M. Brown (Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder)

The US Cannot Allow Russian Mercenaries to Continue Ransacking the African Continent, by Roy Allen Howell (The Hill)

Russia’s Wagner Uprising Will Force a Kremlin Reshuffle in Africa, by Heather Ashby & Joseph Sany (United States Institute of Peace)

In Africa, Wagner Is Not the Only Game in Town, by Amanda Kadlec (New Lines Magazine)

Positioning China as ‘Imaginary Enemy’ at the Core of US Africa Strategy, by Song Wei (Global Times — Chinese State Media)

Central Africa/Sudans
Sudan: While US, Saudi Diplomats Talked, Generals Rearmed (The Africa Report)

Investigations and Prosecutions of Atrocities in Darfur (U.S. Department of State)

USAID Chief Says She’s Haunted by How Many People Are Unable to Leave Sudan, by Joyce Hackel (The World)

Angola, DRC Eye Iconic Rail Revamp to Quench Global Minerals Thirst (Radio France Internationale)

East Africa/Horn
The U.S. Containment Strategy in Somalia (International Crisis Group)

Eritrea’s Growing Ties with China and Russia Highlight America’s Inadequate Approach in East Africa, by Joshua Meservey (Hudson Institute)

Standard Bank Chief Touts East Africa Pipeline at US Summit, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

United States Launches a Regional Summit for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs in East Africa (African Business)

North Africa
Stronger Transatlantic Cooperation Key to More Stable North Africa, by James Jay Carafano & Stefano Graziosi (The Heritage Foundation)

Menendez, Risch Applaud Committee Passage of Safeguarding Tunisian Democracy Act (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Southern Africa
South Africa Lobbies to Retain Preferential Access to US Markets, by S’thembile Cele (Bloomberg)

The Democrats Want America to Be More Like South Africa. That’s a Terrible Idea., by Bryan Dean Wright (The Daily Caller)

Zimbabwe Crashes America’s Summit in Africa, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

US Senator Objects to Zimbabwean President’s Invitation to US-Africa Business Summit, by Peter Fabricius (Daily Maverick)

West Africa
On Sierra Leone’s Election (U.S. Department of State)

Common Typo Causes Millions of Emails Intended for Members of the US Military to Be Sent to Accounts in Mali, by Sean Lyngaas (CNN)

Recent Events
State of Migration in East and Horn of Africa, July 11, 3:30pm EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

AGOA and the Future of US-Africa Trade and Investment, July 12, 9:30am EDT (Atlantic Council)

A Conversation with Rep. Sara Jacobs, July 14, 9:00am EDT (Devex)

Check out How Will the NATO Summit Affect Africa? (Voice of America) and The State of Africa’s Indebtedness (Into Africa, Center for Strategic & International Studies)

July 11, 2023

Upcoming Events
State of Migration in East and Horn of Africa, July 11, 3:30pm EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

A Conversation with Rep. Sara Jacobs, July 14, 9:00am EDT (Devex)

News & Analysis
Top Pick
Prosper Africa at Four: Successes, Questions, and Next Steps, by Ned Rauch-Mannino (The Heritage Foundation)

Continent At-Large
Power Africa: 10 Biggest Projects in 10 Years, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Botswana Hosts 1,000 Business, Political Leaders for US-Africa Business Summit, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

See the $500 Million Deal Between African Development Bank and the United States, by Chinedu Okafor (Business Insider Africa)

US Asks What’s Next for Wagner Group in Middle East, Africa, After Mutiny Attempt, by Phil Stewart & Idreas Ali (Reuters)

Sudan, Mali, CAR: US Goes After Russia’s Gold Operations, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

A Golden Opportunity on the Rainbow Continent, by Bobby Miller (National Review)

How America Can Win Over the Global South, by Suzanne Nossel (Foreign Affairs)

Why China’s Global South Diplomacy Is Such a Challenge for the United States, by Cobus van Staden (The China Project)

Chinese Professional Military Education for Africa: Key Influence and Strategy, by Paul Nantulya (United States Institute of Peace)

Peak China, a Declining USA and the Future of Africa, by Jakkie Cilliers (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)

The U.S. Strategic Minerals Situation Is Critical, by Christina Lu (Foreign Policy)

The Era of Geopolitical Competition: Implications for Peacebuilding in Africa, by Faith Mabera (The Finer Points)

How Africa Surprised the West During the War in Ukraine, by Ted Snider (The National Interest)

After the Fall of Roe, Emboldened Religious Conservatives Lobby to Restrict Abortion in Africa, by Cara Anna (Associated Press)

US Intel Executive ‘Actively Responsible’ for Driving anti-LGBTQ+ Agenda in Africa, Say Campaigners, by Caroline Kimeu (The Guardian)

Is American Influence Waning in Africa?, by Anthony Akaeze (Baptist News Global)

Including Africa Threat Analysis in Force Design 2030, by Glen Segell (Journal of Advanced Military Studies)

Biden Rules Tighten Limits on Drone Strikes, by Charlie Savage (The New York Times)

The U.S. Funds Shadow Police Units All Over the World, by Michael M. Phillips (The Wall Street Journal)

Central Africa/Sudans
U.S. Envoy Pick Reveals Battle Over Sudan Policy, by Robbie Gramer (Foreign Policy)

Senior US Diplomat to Travel to Addis Ababa to Discuss Sudan Conflict, by Kanishka Singh (Reuters)

Glencore Launches In-House Lobbying as US Targets Cobalt Operations in DRC, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Progressives Use Pentagon Budget to Protest Outrageous Anti-LGBTQ+ Law, by Nick Turse (The Intercept)

East Africa/Horn
Don’t Let Ethiopia off the Hook, by Kate Hixon & Kehinde A. Togun (Foreign Policy)

U.S. Lifts Human Rights Violation Designation on Ethiopia, by Robbie Gramer (Foreign Policy)

Blinken’s Legacy in Africa Might Be Setting Somalia Ablaze, by Michael Rubin (Washington Examiner)

Deployed Forces in Somalia Leave US in ‘Lopsidedly Militaristic’ Position, Report Says, by John Vandiver (Stars and Stripes)

New US Airstrikes Kill Al-Shabab Militants, by Harun Maruf (Voice of America)

Terrorist Group’s Claim of US Casualties in Somalia Blast ‘Not Accurate,’ AFRICOM Says, by John Vandiver (Stars and Stripes)

U.S. Forces Provide Assistance to Somalia National Army (AFRICOM)

US Ambassador Meg Whitman: Why Finance Act Will Attract American Investors, by Martin Olage (Mwakilishi)

VP Harris Hails Tanzania Efforts to Build Open Economy, by Maureen Odunga (Daily News)

North Africa
Utah National Guard’s 20-year Partnership with Moroccan Royal Armed Forces (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Southern Africa
The U.S. Helped Coordinate and Finance the New Lobito Corridor Deal, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

New Half-Billion Dollar Deal Aims to Position Angola’s Lobito Corridor as Main Gateway for Africa’s Critical Resources, by Eric Olander (China Global South Project)

Americans Tried to Save Elephants in Zambia. Were They the Good Guys?, by Ruth Maclean & Collins Chilumba Sampa (The New York Times)

South Africa: Graft-Accused Mozambique Ex-Minister to Be Extradited to US (Agence France Presse)

DA’s Bid to Secure AGOA Renewal for South Africa Submitted, by Dion George (Democratic Alliance)

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Dr. John Nkengasong, Visits Namibia to Celebrate 20 Years of PEPFAR Globally (U.S. Embassy in Namibia)

West Africa
Mali’s Destination Unknown, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

UN Ends Peacekeeping Mission in Mali, US Blames Russia’s Wagner, by Michelle Nichols (Reuters)

Boko Haram Is a Ghost. The US Needs to Recognize That., by Alexandra Gorman (Atlantic Council)

Chad’s Political Transition Might Be Its Last Shot for Democracy and Peace, by Gondey Ladiba (United States Institute of Peace)

Addressing Election Integrity in Sierra Leone, by Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations)

Risch on Recent Elections in Sierra Leone (Senate Foreign Relations Committee)

Senegal’s Sall Sets ‘Example’ By Declining Bid For Third Term: US (Agence France Presse)

Senegal’s President Says He Won’t Run Again. Democracy Advocates Applaud., by Rachel Chason (The Washington Post)

US Launches Energy Security Dialogue with Nigeria, by Julian Pecquet (The Africa Report)

Recent Events
Stepping Into Focus: Africa, BRICS, and the War in Ukraine, June 28, 12:00pm EDT (Atlantic Council)

China’s Critical Mineral Supply Chains in Africa, June 29, 2:00pm EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

Check out How HBCUs Are Building Ties With Africa (Voice of America) and America Can’t Force LGBTQ Rights On Africa While Not Pushing LGBTQ Rights in the Middle East (Victoria Advocate)

June 28, 2023

Upcoming Events
Stepping Into Focus: Africa, BRICS, and the War in Ukraine, June 28, 12:00pm EDT (Atlantic Council)

China’s Critical Mineral Supply Chains in Africa, June 29, 2:00pm EDT (United States Institute of Peace)

News & Analysis
Top Picks
Prigozhin’s Rebellion Raises Questions About Wagner’s African Footprint, by Rachel Chason, John Hudson, Greg Miller (The Washington Post)

Wagner Group: The Evolution of a Private Army (The Soufan Center)

Continent At-Large
U.S. Targets Wagner Group Associates in Africa with Sanctions, by Eric Bazail-Emil (Politico)

Sanctioning Entities and Individual Connected to Wagner Group in Africa (U.S. Department of State)

US Targets Wagner Group in Curbs on Gold Firms Suspected of Funding Mercenary Force, by Daphne Psaledakis (Reuters)

The United States Issues an Advisory Focused on the Gold Sector Across Sub-Saharan Africa (U.S. Department of State)

Prigozhin’s Uncertain Future Could Help United States Dislodge Wagner Group in Africa (Center for Strategic & International Studies)

Wagner Group Mercenaries in Africa: Why There Hasn’t Been Any Effective Opposition to Drive Them Out, by John F. Clark (The Conversation)

There is Still a ‘Scramble’ for Africa, by Nick Kimble (International Policy Digest)

With China on the Move in Africa, Is the U.S. Prepared to Act?, by Ivan Sascha Sheehan (Townhall)

Why China Is Outpacing America in the Scramble for African Trade, by Peter Kagwanja (Nation Africa)

Aid Is the Next Battleground Between China and the West, by Agathe Demarais (Foreign Policy)

Is US Africa Strategy Over the Hill?, by Charles Ray & Michael Walsh (Times Live)

Africa: The African Growth and Opportunity Act Nears Its Deadline, by Virusha Subban (IOL)

U.S. Investors Could Achieve Returns While Addressing Africa’s Infrastructure Needs, by Yeabsira Zewdie (African Business)

Africa’s Business Steadily Growing With United States, by Kester Kenn Klomegah (Modern Diplomacy)