Into Africa

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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.

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We are Young
31:30
<p>How can the U.S. support Africa’s next generation? Judd sits down with two young African leaders, Beverley Hatcher-Mbu (Africa Policy Accelerator) and Ezbora Lubamba (Young African Leaders Initiative), as well as the Executive Director of Emerging Public Leaders, Yawa Hansen-Quao, for a conversation on how leadership programs can equip youths to tackle African challenges and opportunities. Guests also weigh in on the recent U.S. Congressional delegation visit to Ghana and renewed interests in Africa’s entertainment market.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/TW0lJA1MEUk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 22, 2019
Toward a More Pragmatic U.S. Policy on China-Africa Relations
37:04
<p>How should the United States respond to China’s rapidly expanding footprint in Africa? Host Judd Devermont (CSIS) teams up with the co-hosts of the <a href="https://chinaafricaproject.com/category/podcast/">China in Africa Podcast</a>, Cobus van Staden and Eric Olander, as well as Yun Sun (Stimson Center) to discuss how the U.S. government can develop a more pragmatic and effective policy to manage China’s activities in Africa. A review of President Ramaphosa’s progress in South Africa and Zambian President Lungu’s crackdown on anti-China politicians serve as episode preludes.<br />  <br /> This episode is a joint production with the China in Africa Podcast, hosted and produced by the founders of the China Africa Project, Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden. Click <a href="https://chinaafrica-podcast.com/what-should-the-us-do-to-more-effectively-compete-with-china-in-africa">here </a>to listen to the China in Africa Podcast edition of the program. </p><ul><li><a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-china-in-africa-podcast/id484409506">Subscribe</a> to the China in Africa podcast on Apple Podcasts.</li> <li><a href="https://chinaafricaproject.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=de6c715223b42ee6c619dbe2f&amp;id=a68a28b0fd">Subscribe</a> to the China Africa Project email newsletter.</li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/8L-UxVttFaQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 08, 2019
It’s a Woman’s World
33:34
<p>From Sudanese protest icons to top political posts in Ethiopia, Liberia, and beyond, women are rising rapidly to the helm of sub-Saharan African politics. Host Judd Devermont is joined by Riva Levinson (KRL International), Mwende Mwinzi (Kenya’s ambassadorial designate to South Korea), and Esther Tawiah (Gender Centre for Empowering Development) to dissect the challenges women face as they break into a historically male-dominated arena. The episode begins with quick takes of the Trump Administration’s “Prosper Africa” initiative and motivations behind Liberia’s June 7th protests.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/FNZrPNl0uLM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 26, 2019
The Beautiful Game’s Soft Power
32:51
<p>As African national teams battle it out on the pitch in Cairo, Host Judd Devermont (CSIS Africa Program Director) is joined by Trina Bolton (U.S. State Department), Ayodeji Rotinwa (African Arguments) and Richard Downie (CSIS) to discuss the political implications and soft power potential of the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Guests kick off the episode assessing the current friction within Botswana’s ruling party and the recent political violence in Ethiopia.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/Pmq9U7_9xAE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 11, 2019
Where’s the “Poll” in U.S. Policy?
35:25
<p>Should polling shape U.S. policy decisions in Africa? Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi (Afrobarometer), Christopher Fomunyoh (National Democratic Institute) and Brittany Brown (International Crisis Group) join Judd Devermont (CSIS) to discuss the role of polling in U.S.-Africa policy development and implementation. Guests also touch on President of Guinea Alpha Conde’s third term ambitions and Ghana’s 2020 presidential elections.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/fIm_ENto6WA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 27, 2019
There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Transition
36:02
<p>Supporting political transitions from military to civilian rule in Africa requires consistent engagement, international coordination, and diplomatic flexibility. If mishandled, it could result in violence and a democratic reversal. This episode features Ambassador Johnnie Carson, former NSC Director Allison Lombardo, as well as our first African Arguments author Faten Aggad, for a conversation on the significance of power transitions on the continent. Guests also weigh in on recent violence in Sudan and Uganda’s political and economic trajectories.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/Zvb5FKTX7aA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 14, 2019
Updating the Coup Playbook
35:47
<p>How do coup d'etats unfold in sub-Saharan Africa? Host Judd Devermont (CSIS Africa Program Director) sits down with experts Naunihal Singh (Naval War College), Max Siollun (Nigerian historian and author), and Alexis Arieff (Congressional Research Service) to discuss the political and intra-military dynamics that shape coups on the continent, and debate the impacts of technology on future military takeovers. First up, guests size up DRC President Felix Tshisekedi's first 100 days in office and weigh the significance of Mauritania's upcoming presidential election.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/QGtthYsq_XY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 30, 2019
Podcasting Across Africa
33:29
<p>How can podcasts about Africa help counter outdated perceptions of the continent? Podcast hosts Judd Devermont (CSIS, Into Africa), <a href="https://twitter.com/dadakim?utm_source=CSIS+All&amp;utm_campaign=54603aff48-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_29_08_49_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_f326fc46b6-54603aff48-">Kim Yi Dionne</a> (University of California, Riverside; Uhafamu Africa), <a href="https://twitter.com/BeattyRiedl?utm_source=CSIS+All&amp;utm_campaign=54603aff48-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_29_08_49_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_f326fc46b6-54603aff48-">Rachel Beatty </a><a href="https://twitter.com/BeattyRiedl?utm_source=CSIS+All&amp;utm_campaign=54603aff48-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_29_08_49_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_f326fc46b6-54603aff48-">Reidl</a><a href="https://twitter.com/BeattyRiedl?utm_source=CSIS+All&amp;utm_campaign=54603aff48-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_29_08_49_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_f326fc46b6-54603aff48-"> </a>(Northwestern University, Uhafamu Africa), <a href="https://twitter.com/MasukuAndile?utm_source=CSIS+All&amp;utm_campaign=54603aff48-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_29_08_49_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_f326fc46b6-54603aff48-">Andile Masuku</a> (African Tech Round-Up), and <a href="https://twitter.com/TravisLAdkins?utm_source=CSIS+All&amp;utm_campaign=54603aff48-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_29_08_49_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_f326fc46b6-54603aff48-">Travis Adkins</a> (On Africa) join forces for this must-listen crossover episode. They talk the art of podcasting, Malawi's upcoming elections, and Jumia's IPO.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/GtFPr2XgBcQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 16, 2019
Charting a New Course for African Cities
27:01
<p>Africa’s future is urban. The continent will become 50 percent urban by 2030 and its urban population will double by 2050, yet policymakers have not revised their programmatic approach. In this recording from their 2019 Global Development Forum session, Judd Devermont (CSIS), Jefferson T. Koijee (Mayor of Monrovia, Liberia), Emilio Ciarlo (Italian Agency for Development Cooperation), Dana Omran (100 Resilient Cities), and Somik Lall (World Bank) share how the continent can configure its urban areas to unlock their potential.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/r6kfPtSbCr8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 02, 2019
The Famished Road
25:01
<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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/FQLiwNIplnE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 18, 2019
Collateral Trade Damage
24:17
<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="https://twitter.com/JDevermont?utm_source=CSIS+All&amp;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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/xt6q0ZayrkE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 04, 2019
The Art of Analysis
29:20
<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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/pfuLsPtXaJU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 21, 2019
The Gulf, East Africa, and the Great Game
30:42
<p>Gulf states are making moves on the continent, adding another layer to Africa's increasingly crowded and complex political landscape. <a href="https://twitter.com/ZachVertin">Zach Vertin</a> (Brookings Doha Center), <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/raechel-haecker">Raechel Haecker</a> (former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Africa), and <a href="https://twitter.com/godfreymusila">Godfrey Musila</a> (expert on international law and security) join <a href="https://twitter.com/JDevermont">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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/954L-ljD_iI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 07, 2019
Know Your (Human) Rights
32:06
<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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/8THi9LfbVjk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 22, 2019
It Takes a Million to Hold Us Back
20:37
<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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/M7b1udYlbMA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 07, 2019
Decoding the Continent
27:59
<p>Big data is unlocking Africa’s complex problems. <a href="https://twitter.com/seunonigbinde">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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/GBXxauaapE4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 23, 2019
Truth, Lies, and Journalism
27:19
<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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/U5JFiumGmyU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 09, 2019
No Peace to Keep
25:21
<p>What happens when peacekeepers deploy to an active conflict zone?  <a href="https://csis.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=833ec271d60c6750d9c3baaac&amp;id=fc146f0f2e&amp;e=bf0ce95a1e">Judd Devermont</a> (CSIS), <a href="https://csis.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=833ec271d60c6750d9c3baaac&amp;id=08c4da68d5&amp;e=bf0ce95a1e">Dr. Paul Williams</a> (George Washington University), <a href="https://csis.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=833ec271d60c6750d9c3baaac&amp;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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/r1YZaR6vj1A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 12, 2018
Whose Election Is It Anyway?
30:47
<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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/Tns0bNC2MOc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 28, 2018
Music is the Weapon of the People
37:10
<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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CSISIntoAfrica/~4/3CJQTZti5kg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 07, 2018