Into Africa

By CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Fearless music activists. Savvy tech entrepreneurs. Social disrupters. Into Africa shatters the narratives that dominate U.S. perceptions of Africa. Host Judd Devermont, Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C., sits down with policymakers, journalists, academics and other trailblazers in African affairs to shine a spotlight on the faces spearheading cultural, political, and economic change on the continent.

Episode Date
The Famished Road
<p>How do we build roads to the future? Former Liberian Minister of Public Works Gyude Moore (Center for Global Development) explains how cutting-edge technology can revolutionize Africa’s basic infrastructure challenges. Judd Devermont (CSIS), Diane McMahon (Bechtel Corporation), and Joel Wiegert (Nexant) weigh in on Moore’s vision, Uganda-Rwanda tensions, and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 18, 2019
Collateral Trade Damage
<p>A trade war has escalated between the U.S. and China, and African economies are caught in the crossfire. On this episode, Bill Reinsch (CSIS), Catherine Chiang (CSIS), and Julius Agbor (Vanguard University of Southern California) join <a href=";utm_campaign=5249312b18-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_29_08_49_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_f326fc46b6-5249312b18-">Judd Devermont </a>(CSIS) to unpack how tariff tensions are impacting African economic growth and what it means for U.S.-Africa relations. The experts also assess the international response to Cameroon’s protracted conflict and the China-Kenya tiff over tilapia.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 04, 2019
The Art of Analysis
<p>U.S. intelligence analysts, as well as academics and political risk consultants, struggle to anticipate and assess leadership transitions in sub-Saharan Africa. Judd Devermont (CSIS), Jeffrey Herbst (American Jewish University), Mike Noll (The George Washington University), and Amaka Anku (Eurasia Group) discuss why leadership analysis is so vexing, identify common pitfalls, and recommend critical thinking tools and techniques to sharpen analytic judgments. Examinations of South Africa’s recent corruption scandals and Côte d'Ivoire’s new political dynamic open the episode.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 21, 2019
The Gulf, East Africa, and the Great Game
<p>Gulf states are making moves on the continent, adding another layer to Africa's increasingly crowded and complex political landscape. <a href="">Zach Vertin</a> (Brookings Doha Center), <a href="">Raechel Haecker</a> (former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Africa), and <a href="">Godfrey Musila</a> (expert on international law and security) join <a href="">Judd Devermont</a> (CSIS) to unpack emerging Gulf-Africa dynamics. The podcast kicks off with close-ups on South Sudan's peace prospects and Gabon's ailing president.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 07, 2019
Know Your (Human) Rights
<p>Human rights violations persist across Africa. How can the global community engage national governments to reverse this trend? Judd Devermont (CSIS) puts the question to experts Carine Kaneza Nantulya (Human Rights Watch), Amy Lehr (CSIS), and Chidi Odinkalu (The Open Society Justice Initiative). Protests in Zimbabwe and Senegalese elections also feature on this episode.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 22, 2019
It Takes a Million to Hold Us Back
<p>A new generation of African protesters are using technology and innovation to call out injustices. Judd Devermont (CSIS), Mvemba Phezo Dizolele (Johns Hopkins University), Zachariah Mampilly (Vassar College), and former Ambassador Bisa Williams (independent observer via The Carter Center) weigh in on the resiliency of today's anti-regime movements. Analyses of the DRC elections and unrest in Sudan cue up this discussion.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 07, 2019
Decoding the Continent
<p>Big data is unlocking Africa’s complex problems. <a href="">Olúseun Onígbińdé</a> (BudgIT), Ariel Ben Yishay (AidData), and Hilary Matfess (Yale) share how data helps hold leaders to account, track foreign spending, and assess security threats. With Judd Devermont (CSIS) moderating, the panel also checks in on Nigeria ahead of its presidential election and on the rising insurgent threat in Mozambique.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 23, 2019
Truth, Lies, and Journalism
<p>Journalism remains a vital but dangerous profession in sub-Saharan Africa. Rodney Sieh (FrontPage Africa), Jon Temin (Freedom House) and Siobhan O’Grady (Washington Post) join Judd Devermont (CSIS) to discuss Rodney's recent book, Journalist on Trial, and unpack challenges facing the continent’s media. But first, checkups for South African foreign policy and Gambian democracy.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 09, 2019
No Peace to Keep
<p>What happens when peacekeepers deploy to an active conflict zone?  <a href=";id=fc146f0f2e&amp;e=bf0ce95a1e">Judd Devermont</a> (CSIS), <a href=";id=08c4da68d5&amp;e=bf0ce95a1e">Dr. Paul Williams</a> (George Washington University), <a href=";id=c9807fda84&amp;e=bf0ce95a1e">Alice Friend</a> (CSIS) and SRSG Parfait Onanga-Anyanga (MINUSCA) examine the challenge of peacekeeping where there is no peace to keep. Guests also consider Ethiopia’s future under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and whether the alleged death of leader, Amadou Koufa, will impair—or energize— the extremist group JNIM.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 12, 2018
Whose Election Is It Anyway?
<p>With elections heating up across the continent, Michelle Gavin (Council on Foreign Relations), John Tomaszewski (International Republican Institute), and Idayat Hassan (Centre for Democracy and Development) join Judd to talk election monitoring and the roles of international and domestic observers. Guests also weigh in on Congo’s fragmented political opposition and the growing threat of Tanzanian authoritarianism. Hosted by Judd Devermont and produced by Yumi Araki and Catherine Chiang at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. </p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 28, 2018
Music is the Weapon of the People
<p>Judd sits down with renowned Afro-beats star and fearless activist, Bobi Wine, to discuss how his music is inspiring Ugandan youths to challenge state repression. Damola Durosomo (OkayAfrica) and Lauren Ploch Blanchard (Congressional Research Service) join in on the conversation. Also in store, an update on Nigeria’s 2019 elections and Melania Trump’s not-so-memorable trip to four African countries.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 07, 2018