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Coronavirus

A Strategic Framework to Improve Coronavirus Response in Africa

The response to the global pandemic by African countries and their external partners has been hampered by a lack of coordination. To streamline efforts to combat the coronavirus in Africa, the U.S. should consider exporting the “Quad Plus” framework used in the Indo-Pacific.

Podcasts

Fault Lines: China's Big Bet In Africa

China is spending $20 billion or more each year in Africa and inundating the continent with infrastructure projects, cheap phones, television programming and communications networks. Why is China making this bet and is it working? How are the Trump administration and Congress responding and what is at stake for American interests? Guest Andy Keiser sits in again with Jodi, Dana and Lester to discuss these questions and many more.

Russia and Eastern Europe

Russian Theater: How to Respond to Moscow’s Return to the African Stage

Russia is preparing to launch its first Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on Oct. 24. President Vladimir Putin and the summit co-host, Egyptian leader and African Union Chairman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, invited all of the African heads of state along with the leaders of major subregional associations and organizations. Russia almost certainly will advertise the summit as an emblem of its triumphant return to center stage in Africa.

Foreign Policy Essay

To Promote Stability and Democracy in Africa, Focus on Its Militaries

Editor's Note: The United States is more engaged in Africa than ever before. This increasing role is occurring as Africa struggles with political liberalization: although we’ve seen impressive successes, much of the continent is mired in authoritarianism. Kristen Harkness of the University of St. Andrews explains the different ways that militaries can interfere with successful democratization. She argues that the West should focus on reforming militaries as part of a broader effort to democratize and stabilize Africa.

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