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
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