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The Sahel and Western Military Assistance in Africa


A panel of experts explore the West’s changing military presence in Africa’s Sahel region and what it could mean for peace and stability across the continent.

French and Chadian peacekeepers talk at the Minusma peacekeeping base in Kidal, Mali

Africa's Free Trade Economy


Council President's Club and leadership members are invited to engage in a private dialogue with Africa’s first Secretary-General of the AfCFTA, H.E. Wamkele Mene, on the landmark trade agreement and its global impact.

Parked trucks wait in 10km queue to cross the Kenyan-Ugandan border from the town of Busia

Commentary & Analysis

The War in Eastern Congo Matters, Too

In the News
World Politics Review
Paul Poast

The fighting in eastern Congo between the DRC and Rwanda-backed rebel group M23 has the potential to escalate, Paul Poast writes.

Congolese civilians carry their belongings as they flee near the Congolese border with Rwanda after fightings broke out in Kibumba, outside Goma in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Defense and Security

Starving for Aid: The Unseen War in Tigray

Global Food for Thought by Coauthors

The Ethiopian government is using starvation as a weapon of war against Tigray, inducing a massive famine that requires immediate action from the international community.

An Ethiopian man examines his wheat crop near Korem in a northern Tigray province.
REUTERS/Radu Sigheti
Food and Agriculture


Considering a Soil Initiative for Africa

Policy Brief by David Nielson

This paper diagnoses the challenges faced by governments, international organizations, and research institutions in mitigating and reversing the decline of soil quality in Africa.

Workers unload a truck of harvested cassava roots. Food and Agriculture

​​Addressing China's Rising Influence in Africa

Policy Brief by Michael Tiboris

China’s growing contributions to African development should not automatically be feared, but their increased presence should create a recalibration in US approaches to development.

Chinese flag, Beijing, China. International Development


Roger Thurow 

Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture
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Alex Winter-Nelson 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture
Council expert Alex Winter-Nelson