Africa Program

About the Africa Program

About the Program

The Council on Foreign Relations' Africa program examines Africa's rapid socio-economic development and explores its still fearsome challenges. In doing so, the program seeks to provide policymakers, the business community, and the general public with information and policy recommendations for a continent that is becoming one of "lions on the move."

Half of the world's fastest growing economies are in Africa. High population growth rates and rapid urbanization make Africa a new frontier for international trade and investment. Democratic governments are taking root. Nonetheless, profound poverty remains, repressive regimes persist, and elections frequently have only a veneer of legitimacy. Ethnicity, religion, and disputes over access to water and land fuel conflicts that challenge new democracies and potentially feed the growth of terrorism.

The Africa program produces Africa in Transitiona daily blog that focuses on political and security issues evolving on the continent as well as the Nigeria Security Tracker and the Sub-Saharan Security Trackerinteractive visualizations that chart political violence in sub-Saharan Africa. The program also regularly provides government, business, academic, and student briefings; and hosts two roundtable series: "U.S. Strategic African Partners" and "Africa After 50." Senior fellows publish frequent op-eds, articles, and books on developing issues and longer term trends. They also follow active public speaking schedules and are available to the media.

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