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April 18, 2022

West Africa
Under Threat: Democracy in Africa

Our panelists discuss the most recent rise in violent conflict and coups in Africa, the threats these coups pose to fragile democratic institutions, governance, and civil society, and options to prev…

Play National observers look on while electoral official organize votes during the closing of the polls in a polling station in the city of Bahir Dar, on June 21, 2021. - Ethiopia voted on June 21, 2021, in an election billed as the most democratic yet in Africa's second-most populous country, but taking place as famine blights its war-torn Tigray region.

January 25, 2022

Monetary Policy
Digitizing the Dollar: The Future of Central Bank Digital Currencies

Panelists discuss the future of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), including their implications for traditional banking and financial sectors, concerns over privacy and public acceptance, and t…

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October 20, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Darryl G. Behrman Lecture on Africa Policy: The Impact of COVID-19 on Democracy in Africa

Panelists discuss the impact of COVID-19 on democracy in Africa, including suspended elections and lockdown measures sometimes used to target opposition groups and the media, as well as steps some co…

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September 24, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
A Conversation With Minister Naledi Pandor of South Africa

Minister Naledi Pandor discusses the state of democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa, the South African response to COVID-19 along with lessons learned for the future, and the country’s role as a leader in …

Play Minister Naledi Pandor walking with a man in uniform in the background.

June 10, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Virtual Roundtable: Major Power Rivalry in Africa

Although major power competition on the African continent is a reality, it should not dominate the Biden administration’s vision for U.S.-Africa relations, argues Michelle Gavin in her new paper Majo…

Play U.S. President Joe Biden talks with South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa as they arrive for a working session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021.

April 20, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021 Series: How to Approach Sub-Saharan Africa

Panelists discuss U.S. policy priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa and what changes to expect from the Biden administration. The Transition 2021 series examines the major foreign policy issues confron…

Play Chad's President Idriss Deby arrives to attend a visit and a dinner at the Orsay Museum in Paris

October 2, 2020

COVID-19
Virtual Roundtable: COVID-19 in Africa

COVID-19 has killed more than a million people around the world. When COVID-19 emerged, it was assumed that Africa would be hard hit, but the impact from its disruption is likely to be much larger th…

Play Three Maasai elders, wearing traditional costumes in red and gold, with face masks.

June 1, 2020

China’s Growing Footprint in Africa

Please join our panelists for a discussion of China’s development model in Africa and the effects of its expanding influence on the continent, with a focus on economic investments and diplomacy. 

Play Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera in front of a row of tall flags