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The African Studies Program offers an extensive curriculum covering development, governance and security across the continent. We draw on leading theories of international politics, political economy and comparative analysis in approaching this dynamic region. The program offers excellent foundations in the history and politics of the region, with a consistent focus on current policy concerns and emerging issues in Africa. Courses address general themes as well as particular countries, regions and specialized topics.
With an incomparable location in Washington DC, our students engage with a global array of leading academics, policymakers, activists and development practitioners. Through opportunities for independent research, internships and study visits, students regularly travel to the region. Graduates pursue successful careers in the private sector, international development institutions, non-governmental organizations, government and the policy world. Please join us at our community page, Connect SAIS Africa, for updates,comentary, and news on students and alumni.
Students in the African Studies Program have many opportunities for travel, research and engagement with contemporary issues on the continent.
Our seminar series brings dozens of speakers to campus each year, focusing on a wide range of academic and policy topics. Recent seminars have covered the political foundations of ethnic violence, the challenges of institutional reform in Africa, politics in Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, and South Africa, conflict in Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the role of social media and democracy, and China-Africa relations. The program's annual conferences cover a range of themes from development, to democratization, to the role of religion in politics.
Most students benefit from assistance for travel to Africa, including internships, independent research and structured study trips. Research opportunities include extended programs in Ghana, Senegal and Tunisia, as well as self-designed initiatives in other countries.
African Studies students regularly receive internships in the United States and Africa. These encompass a range of organizations in government, nongovernmental institutions and the private sector. Students have had recent access to internships in Benin, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Niger Republic, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
On an occasional basis, the program offers study trips to students during intersession and summer periods. Recent trips have included South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal and China.
An independent study field program to Senegal, Ghana or Tunisia is an option between the first and second year. Students should develop a project proposal in the fall semester to be submitted by March of the spring semester. Proficiency in Arabic or French is required for Tunisia, proficiency in French for Senegal.
In the past few years, other study trips and research projects have included:
The African Studies Program sponsors a weekly seminar series and annual conferences covering a wide range of topics on Africa.
African Studies Program
Program Overview and Key Themes
Entering Class 2015-2016
Students take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 courses (48 credits) or 14 courses (56 credits) as approved by Academic Affairs.
Students concentrating in African Studies take at least 6 courses within this program, which may include one course outside African Studies on an African topic. Courses in the curriculum cross-listed with African Studies may be counted toward the concentration requirement. African Studies MA students must take a minimum of one of the following courses below and are highly encouraged to take two additional courses with the prefix of SA.780.XXX:
Students complete four courses within this program.
· Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
· International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
· International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Micro and/or Macro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.
Students must receive a 2.67 average in the 4 required economics courses or they must retake a course(s) until a 2.67 average is obtained. If any of the 4 courses are achieved by passing a waiver exam or during Pre-Term, the student must substitute an economics elective course(s) in place of the waived course(s) in order to fulfill the economics requirement above. In this case, the school will use the highest economics program elective course grade(s) to compute this average if a student is replacing one or more of the 4 required courses of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory.
Students complete one course from the list below.
· Statistical Methods for Business & Economics
· Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
· Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
· Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
· Risk Analysis and Modeling
· Corporate Finance (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
· Quantitative Methods in International Relations (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.
All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses in addition to their concentration requirements. African Studies concentrators must pass Comparative National Systems as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.
· American Foreign Policy Since World War II
· Comparative National Systems
· Evolution of the International Systems
· Theories of International Relations
African Studies MA candidates a required to demonstrate proficiency in French, Portuguese or Arabic, through a course sequence and/or proficiency exam. Please consult the program for permission to use Swahili (not taught at SAIS). All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering the school. Native speakers of French, Portuguese or Arabic must pass proficiency in a second language which can include English.
African Studies concentrators in the second year produce a program paper of publishable quality, which may be the product of a regular course or supervised independent research. The paper is due by April 15th of a student’s second year. For those whose final semester is fall, consult the Program Director for a due date.
African Studies Minor Requirements: (as of AY 15/16)
General Minor Requirements:
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This course critically examining China's rapidly growing economic, political and social ties with African countries. What drives these ties? How do they reflect China's "Going Global" thrust? What impact is Chinese engagement having on development prospects in other countries? What is myth, and what is reality? How is this engagement changing? Comparisons with Chinese engagement in Asia and the Americas. All students will write an original research paper.
This course examines politics and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa since the late colonial period. We are especially concerned with the political foundations of economic policy and performance, and the relationships between governance, institutions and economic change. The class begins with a general overview of political economy and the central debates surrounding Africa’s development challenges. We will cover the historical formation of African economies from colonial rule and the legacy of policy experimentation in the early post-colonial era.
Africa’s Great Lakes region has become synonymous with conflict. Over the last five decades, this region has seen genocides, ethnic violence, land disputes, civil war, cross-border conflict and a multi-national war. Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have been affected by one or many of these destabilizing factors. The course introduces students to the main issues affecting peace, stability and development in the Great Lakes. We will focus on the intersection of theory and policy.
The African Studies Program sponsors a weekly seminar series and annual conferences covering a wide range of topics on Africa.
For a detailed listing of our annual conferences connect to our conference page.
2011-2012 Academic Year Events
2009-2010 Academic Year Events
2008-2009 Academic Year Events
2007-2008 Academic Year Events
2006-2007 Academic Year Events
The Johns Hopkins SAIS African Studies Program in partnership with American University will present the film: NOWHERE TO RUN: Nigeria's Climate and Environmental Crisis. The film informs and inspires as we seek to address one of the defining challenges of our time.
A discussion on “Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty” Off-the-Record.
"Congo's Bungled Elections Preparation: Are Widespread Violence and Repression Still Avoidable, or Is it Already Too Late?" Tony Gambino was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the then-Zaire from 1979-1982. From 1983-1994, he volunteered for Amnesty International as a member of the Central Africa Co-Group. From 1987-1991, he served on the staff of the Select Committee on Hunger of the House of Representatives. In 1994, he joined the State Department, working in the office of the Under Secretary for Global Affairs, headed by former Senator Tim Wirth. From 1997 to 2001, Tony worked for USAID in Washington, as Congo Coordinator and then as Great Lakes Coordinator. From 2001-2004, he served in Kinshasa as the USAID Mission Director. He has written and spoken widely on the Congo, testifying in December 2011 on the last Congolese national election before the Subcommittee on African Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He presently teaches at Georgetown University and consults. He also serves on the Boards of Women for Women International and the Panzi Foundation USA. Off-the-Record.
Herbert Weiss, City University of New York, will speak on “Elections, Justice and Grievance Articulation in DR Congo.” Off-the-Record.
The nineteen northern states of Nigeria constitute about 73 percent of Nigerian territory and nearly 60 percent of its population. Numbering over 100 million, the UN predicts that, by 2050, the northern states will increase to 240 million, mostly youthful, residents. Comparatively, the northern states rank lower on all development indices because they face staggering challenges: rising population pressure, ecological degradation, widespread poverty, declining per capita incomes, fragile infrastructures, economic stagnation, and most importantly, accelerating levels of youth unemployment. These challenges mean the Nigerian nation cannot prosper unless all youths integrated into Nigeria’s prosperity. Continued regional polarization is neither a realistic nor secure option. Accordingly, the Conference’s goal is to solidarity join in with all of Nigeria’s communities who are mobilizing their financial, natural, organizational, and social resources to attract productive investments to absorb youths. The scale and complexity of the problems facing northern states mean no miraculous solution, no quick fix, is readily apparent. Instead, difficult policy decisions will have be made about allocation of scarce resources. Similarly, Conference participants realize that solutions will take decades and demand prodigious efforts from northern as well as from national and international communities. The participants share a common commitment to directly meet challenges by engaging in candid conversations about how to design realistic strategies to spearhead increased productivity and employment in the northern states . Ultimately, the Conference’s goal is to nurture sustainable and accountable public policies that will offer dignified livelihoods for northern youth. This event is the first of what the Conference organizers hope will be an ongoing series of conversations aimed is for promoting realistic strategies for boosting youth employment in northern states. To support these conversations, we will focus on three interrelated public policy issues
The nineteen northern states of Nigeria constitute approximately 73 percent of Nigeria’s territory and nearly 60 percent of its population. Numbering over 100 million, the UN predicts that, by 2050, the northern states will increase to 240 million, mostly youthful, residents. Comparatively, the northern states rank lower on all development indices because they face staggering developmental challenges: rising population pressure, ecological degradation, widespread poverty, declining per capita incomes, fragile infrastructures, economic stagnation, and most importantly, accelerating levels of youth unemployment. These deficits mean the Nigerian nation cannot prosper unless all youths are integrated into Nigeria’s prosperity. Indeed tolerating regional polarization is neither a realistic nor secure option. The scale and complexity of the challenges facing the northern states mean no miraculous solutions, no quick fix, is realistic. Instead, difficult policy decisions will have to be made about the allocation of scarce resources. Conference participants also realize that realistic policy solutions will demand prodigious efforts from northern as well as from national and international communities. Yet, the participants share a deep commitment to directly confront these challenges by engaging in candid conversations about how to design realistic strategies to spearhead higher productivity and employment in the northern states. Ultimately, the Conference’s goal is to facilitate sustainable and accountable public and private policies that will begin to provide dignified livelihoods for northern youth. This event is the first of what the Conference organizers hope will be an ongoing series of conversations aimed at promoting realistic strategies for boosting youth employment in northern states.
Professor Koen Vlassenroot will present a seminar for African Studies on“Negotiating Public Order: Armed Rebellion and Military Fragmentation in the eastern DRC.”
Professor Koen Vlassenroot will present a seminar for African Studies on“Negotiating Public Order: Armed Rebellion and Military Fragmentation in the eastern DRC”
Dr. Jeffery Herbst, President and CEO, The Newseum; Dr. Greg Mills, Director Brenthurst Foundation, Johannesburg; and Ambassador Donald Gips, South Africa, 2009-2013 will speak on this topic.
Leslie Anne Warden, Assistant Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Roanoke College, Dept. of Fine Arts will speak on this topic.
Patrick Heller is the Lyn Crost Professorship of Social Sciences at Brown University and Director of the Graduate Program in Development at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Professor Heller’s main area of research is the comparative study of social inequality, accountability, service deliverability, and democratic deepening in the burgeoning cities of South Africa, India and Brazil. He is the author of The Labor of Development: Workers in the Transformation of Capitalism in Kerala, India (Cornell 1999), co-author of Social Democracy and the Global Periphery (Cambridge 2006), and co-author of Bootstrapping Democracy: Transforming Local Governance and Civil Society in Brazil (Stanford 2011). Heller’s methodology combines historical structural analysis, field work and the use of GIS mapping in order to assess how the transition to democracy has impacted the spatial transformation of the post-apartheid cities of South Africa.
Dr. Robert Mattes, University of Cape Town; Dr. Boniface Dulani, University of Malawi; and Dr. E. Gyimah-Boadi, Center for Democratic Development, Ghana will speak on this topic.
Dr. Roland Marchal, serior research fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research at Sciences-Po will speak on this topic.
Senior Adjunct Professor in International Economics Jaime Marquez will discuss this topic.
Bado is an associate researcher at the Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix (CERAP) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Prior to his time at the Wilson Center, Mr. Bado was a visiting researcher at Yale University during the 2014-2015 academic year. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Laval University in Canada. His doctoral research focuses on elections in post-civil conflict societies.
Joseph Bothwell has an MA in Art History and is an Art Hisotrian and Art Appraiser. He has a wealth of art history expertise with the full scope of Western art history, which includes Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern, and Contemporary art. He also has experience in Asian art, including Chinese, Japanese, and Indian and Southeast Asian art, as well as education in pre-Columbian, Native American, and Primitive (African and Oceanic) art.
Jeff Herbst is an award winning political scientist whose incisive research focuses on state capacity, governance, and the challenge of development in Southern Africa. After stepping down as President of Colgate University he recently became President and CEO of the Newseum. His most recent books are: How South Africa Works and Must Do Better and Africa’s Third Liberation: the New Search for Jobs and Prosperity. In analyzing the current crisis in South Africa, Jeff will draw upon his practical experience acquired by institutionalizing entrepreneurship programs at Colgate University and his research into educational reforms that will increase opportunity for South African youth.
Nick Thompson, CEO of the African Governance Initiative will speak on this topic.
Dr. Usman Bugaje is a public intellectual, former member of the House of Representatives and former National Secretary of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). A civil society activist who founded the NGO, “Networks for Justice”, and a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, Dr. Bugage has written extensively on the role of women and youths in Nigeria’s recent democratic transformation. Currently he is the convener of the Arewa Research and Development Project which promotes economic reform and reconstruction in the northern states of Nigeria.
Ann Wainscott is Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. Louis University. She has conducted field work in Morocco and Senegal on the politics of promoting tolerance by state bureaucrats seeking to regulate religious groups and Islamic educational institutions. Her forthcoming book, Bureaucratic Islam: Morocco’s response to the War on Terror, 2003-2015, analyzes the tensions associated with Morocco’s counter-terrorism strategy of incorporating religious institutions into the state while allowing religious political parties to compete in elections. Professor Wainscott’s recent research evaluates the politics driving Morocco’s foreign policy strategy of promoting ts model to West African states with long standing historical ties to Morocco.
Morton Jerven teaches economic history at Simon Frazer University. He specializes in unmasking the statistical evidence upon which international policy makers justify their influential policy prescriptions for African states. His first book, Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It, earned a “best book of the year” award from Foreign Affairs. His latest book, Africa: Why Economists Get it Wrong continues his original reasoning by explaining why sophisticated econometric techniques can never compensate for the distortions produced by false observations in the first instance.
Howard French, Columbia University, will discuss the topic.
Aidan Dodson, senior research fellow, University of Bristol will discuss this topic.
Elliott Green, Associate Professor, London School of Economics, will discuss the topic.
Lauren Lippiello, Research Associate, Egyptian Expedition, University of Arizona, will discuss the topic.
Kevin Croke, SAIS Alum 2011, Harvard School of Public Health, will discuss the topic.
In January 2015, the Congolese people took to the streets to protest legislation that conditioned the 2016 presidential election to a national census, effectively extending President Joseph Kabila’s term in office beyond the constitutionally-mandated two terms. The protests were violently repressed by the police and the republican guard. According to Human Rights Watch, 42 unarmed protesters were killed. After vigorous debate, the Senate amended the legislation and dropped the census clause. Tensions remain high, however, as the presidential majority seeks to stay in power and the national electoral commission continues to delay the publication of the electoral calendar.
Kingsley Moghalu, deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, will dicuss this topic.
Michael McGovern, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, will discuss this topic.
Various speakers will address new ways to think about South Africa in the regional and global economy, possibilities for industrial policy, innovation in social programs, and shifts in economic structure during the conference. South Africa's economic growth has slowed in recent years against a troubling background of deep structural inequalities that have persisted in the 20 years since democratization. The conference will address the question of how to construct a model of transformation that can secure the participation of all actors, including those that still feel disenfranchised, while getting the country back on the path to economic growth and stability.
Boniface Dulani, lecturer in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Malawi, and Kim Yi Dionne, assistant professor in the Department of Government at Smith College, will discuss this topic.
Kara Cooney, associate professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA, will discuss this topic.
Rachel Riedl, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University, will discuss this topic.
Leonardo Arriola, associate professor at the University of California-Berkeley, will discuss this topic.
Election Violence in Democratizing States with focus on Africa.
David Gilmour, deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the US Department of State; Mima Nedelcovych, president and CEO at the Initiative for Global Development; and Dave Peterson, senior director for the Africa Program at the National Endowment for Democracy, will discuss this topic. Mvemba Dizolele, Peter and Frances Duigan Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, will moderate the discussion. Note: This event is off the record.
Steve Vinson, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, will discuss this topic.
Various speakers will discuss this topic during the two day conference.
Various speakers will discuss this topic during the two day conference.
Laurie Marker, founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and Bruce Brewer, general manager of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, will discuss this topic.
Holly Dranginis, policy associate at the Enough Project; Mohamed Bangura, prosecution legal adviser and evidence officer for the Special Court for Sierra Leone; and James Stewart, assistant professor of law at the University of British Columbia, will discuss this topic.
Don Ryan, archaeologist and professor in the Division of Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University, will discuss this topic.
Séverine Autesserre, assistant professor of political science at Columbia University, will discuss this topic.
Femi Gbaja Biamila, minority leader of the House of Representatives for the Republic of Nigeria, will discuss this topic.
Carolyn Logan, deputy director of Afrobarometer and associate professor in the Department of Political Science and African Studies Center at Michigan State University, will discuss this topic.
Mireille Muhigwa, Mandela Washington Fellow from Democratic Republic of Congo and gender program officer for SAMWAKI; Martine Theodora Kessy Ekomo-Soignet, Mandela Washington Fellow from the Central African Republic and project officer at the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF); and Nulu Naluyombya, Mandela Washington Fellow from Uganda and founder and executive Director of Success Chapter, will discuss this topic.
Caroline Williams, independent scholar, will discuss this topic.
Steve Weissman, historian, author, and independent political scientist; John Prados, senior fellow and project director at the National Security Archive at George Washington University; and Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, professor of african studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss this topic.
Elizabeth Hart, fellow at the American Research Center in Egypt, will discuss this topic.
Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy President of the Senate of Nigeria, will discuss this topic.
John Baines, professor of egyptology at the University of Oxford, will discuss this topic.
Usman Bugaje, founding chairman of Network for Justice, will give a talk.
Nacef Belkhiria, executive vice president of BSB Group Tunisia and member of the Tunisian American Friendship Association, will discuss this topic.
Seth Kaplan, professorial lecturer in the African Studies Program, will discuss his new book Betrayed: Politics, Power, and Prosperity.
Marc Sommers, visiting researcher at the African Studies Center at Boston University; Audace Machado, journalist for Voice of America; and Mike Jobbins, senior program manager for Africa at Search for Common Ground, will discuss this topic.
Cynthia Sheikholeslami, egyptologist, will discuss this topic.
Adam Higazi, lecturer in African politics and history at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Cambridge, will discuss this topic.
Marjorie Venit, professor of ancient mediterranean art and archeology at the University of Maryland, will discuss this topic.
William Reno, professor of political science and program director for the Department of African Studies at Northwestern University, will discuss this topic.
Joanna Lewis, assistant professor of science technology and international affairs at Georgetown University, will discuss topic. Note: This event is off the record.
Stacy VanDeveer, professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, will discuss this topic. Note: The speaker’s comments will be off the record.
Elizabeth Wilson, associate professor of energy, environmental policy and law at the University of Minnesota, will discuss this topic.
Michael Levi, the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for Energy and Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, will discuss this event.
Radeh Arezki, senior economist at the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund, will discuss this event.
Antonio Bento, associate professor with the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, will discuss this topic.
Eugene Cruz-Uribe, professor emeritus, in the department of History at Northern Arizona University, will discuss this topic.
Stuart Tyson Smith, professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, will discuss this topic.
Robert Mattes, professor of political studies and director of the Democracy in Africa Research Unit at the University of Cape Town, will discuss this topic.
Insa Nolte, senior lecturer in African studies at the University of Birmingham, will discuss this topic.
Jeremy Pope, assistant professor in the College of William and Mary’s Department of History, will discuss this topic.
Barry Gilder, director of operations at the Mapungubwe Institute, will discuss this topic.
Carl LeVan, assistant professor at the American University School of International Service, and Josiah Olubowale, a Ph.D. candidate in cultural studies at the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, will discuss this topic.
Todd Johnson, a risk and market development manager at General Electric Africa and a 2009 SAIS graduate, will discuss this topic.
Matt Andrews, associate professor at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development, will discuss this topic.
Bruce Whitehouse, assistant professor of anthropology at Lehigh University, will discuss this topic.
Jocelyn Kelly, director of the Women in War Program for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and Lena Slachmuijlder, vice president of programs at Search for Common Ground, will discuss this topic. Note: This event is on Wednesday, October 23.
John Adams, Egyptophile and author of The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis’s Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings, will discuss his new book.
Albert Moleka ’82, chief of staff to Etienne Tshisekedi, leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) political party and former prime minister of Zaire, will discuss this topic.
Raila Odinga, former prime minister of Kenya, will discuss his newly published autobiography, Flame of Freedom.
Frédéric Bamvuginyumvira, vice chairman of the Front for Democracy in Burundi FRODEBU and former vice president of the Republic of Burundi; Alice Nzomukunda, chairwoman of Alliance for Democratic Renewal and former second vice president of the Republic of Burundi; Marina Barampama, member of UPD and former second vice president of the Republic of Burundi; Alexis Sinduhije, chairman of MSD and founder of Radio Publique Africaine (African Public Radio), will discuss this topic.
Kristie Inman, research adviser at the Center for Strategic Intelligence Research at the National Intelligence University, will discuss this topic.
On the second day of this two-day conference, academic experts will examine political, social, economic and cultural developments in Kenya since independence in 1963.
John Lonsdale, a professor emeritus of African history and Trinity College fellow at the University of Cambridge, will give the keynote address at 9:15 a.m.on the first day of this two-day conference that will examine political, social, economic and cultural developments in Kenya since independence in 1963.
Eric Cline, professor of classics, anthropology and history at George Washington University, will discuss this topic.
Due to unanticipated circumstances, this event has been cancelled. Ernest Bai Koroma, president of Sierra Leone, will discuss this topic.
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, will discuss this topic.
Kerry Muhlestein, a professor and associate chair of the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, will discuss this topic.
Andrea Lari, director of programs at Refugees International, will discuss this topic.
Michael Jones, associate director at The American Research Center in Egypt, will discuss this topic.
Duncan Green, former head of research at Oxfam International, will discuss this topic.
Clark Gibson and James Long, professors in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, will discuss this topic.
Babatunde Fashola, governor of Lagos State in Nigeria, will discuss this topic.
Morten Jerven, assistant professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada, will discuss this topic.
Anthony Gambino, fellow at the Eastern Congo Initiative, and Stephen Weissman, fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will discuss this topic.
Scott Straus, professor of political science and international studies at the University of Wisconsin, will discuss this topic.
Cynthia Akuetteh, U.S. deputy assistant secretary for African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; Severine Autesserre, assistant professor of political science at Barnard College and Columbia University; and Soraya Aziz Souleymane, winner of the “Miss Leader DRC” contest and community relations manager at BANRO Corporation, will discuss this topic. Note: SAIS will also host a live webcast available here at the time of the event.
Policymakers and experts will discuss issues of governance and development underlying the evolving security dilemmas in the Sahelian states on day 2 of a two-day conference. For a complete conference agenda, visit http://bit.ly/Y0gsNv. Members of the media should respond to Felisa Neuringer Klubes at the SAIS Communications Office at 202.663.5626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policymakers and experts will discuss issues of governance and development underlying the evolving security dilemmas in the Sahelian states. Leonardo Villalon, associate professor of political science and African studies at the University of Florida, will deliver keynote remarks at 9:15 a.m. For a complete conference agenda, visit http://bit.ly/Y0gsNv. Members of the media should respond to Felisa Neuringer Klubes at the SAIS Communications Office at 202.663.5626 or email@example.com.
Note: The location for the following event has been changed to Room 812, Rome Building, from the previously publicized location of Rome Building Auditorium.
I. William Zartman, SAIS professor emeritus, and Eammon Gearon, professional lecturer in the SAIS African Studies Program, will discuss this topic.
Richard Asante, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University’s Program of African Studies, will discuss this topic.
Edward Bleiberg, curator of Egyptian classical and ancient Near Eastern art and managing curator of ancient Egyptian, African and Asian art at the Brooklyn Museum, will discuss this topic.
Guy Grossman, assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss this topic.
Theodore Ahamefule (T.A.) Orji, governor of the state of Abia in Nigeria, will discuss this topic.
Rida Lyammouri, Africa analyst at the Navanti Group; Michael Shurkin, political scientist at the RAND Corporation; Larry Velte, associate professor at the National Defense University; and Eamonn Gearon (moderator), professorial lecturer in the SAIS African Studies Program, will discuss this topic.
Ike Nwachukwu, director general of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, will discuss this topic.
Experts, policymakers and embassy representatives will discuss conflict at the local, national, regional and international level, and suggest solutions to improve the well-being of Congolese citizens at day 2 of this two-day conference. Note: The speakers’ comments will be not for attribution. For a complete conference agenda, visit http://www.sfcg.org/events/forums_great.html.
This event will be held at the Council on Foreign Relations at 1777 F St., NW. Experts, policymakers and embassy representatives will discuss conflict at the local, national, regional and international level, and suggest solutions to improve the well-being of Congolese citizens at day 1 of this two-day conference. Note: The speakers’ comments will be not for attribution. For a complete conference agenda, visit http://www.sfcg.org/events/forums_great.html.
The location of this event has been changed to Rome Building Auditorium. Mustapha Kamel Nabli, former governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia and senior adviser to the World Bank chief economist; Emanuele Santi, principal country economist at Tunisia African Development Bank; Stephen McInerney, executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy; Alexis Arieff, an analyst in African Affairs at Congressional Research Services; and Daniele Moro (moderator), visiting scholar in the SAIS African Studies Program, will discuss this topic.
Karuti Kanyinga, senior research fellow at the University of Nairobi’s Institute for Development Studies, and Mwangi Kimenyi, senior fellow and director of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, will discuss this topic.
Richard Jasnow, professor of Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss this topic.
Alan Kyerematin, coordinator at the African Trade Policy Center of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and former Ghanaian trade minister, will discuss this topic. Note: This event is open to the SAIS community only.
Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, governor of Delta State in Nigeria, will discuss this topic.
Leon Baroani, senior training advisor of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at Search for Common Ground, and Joshua Marks, senior program officer of Central and Southern African Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy, will discuss this topic. Note: The speakers’ comments will be off the record.
Pat Brown, criminal profiler and founder and CEO of The Sexual Homicide Exchange and The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency, will discuss this topic. Note: The speaker’s comments will be off the record.
Stephen McInerney, executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy; Leila Chenoufi, senior environmental specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank; Samia Msadek, financial management regional director of East Asia and the Pacific at the World Bank; Eamonn Gearon, professorial lecturer in the SAIS African Studies Program; Mohamed Malouche (moderator), president of the Tunisian American Young Professionals; and Daniele Moro (introductory remarks), CTR visiting scholar, will discuss this topic. Habib Kazdaghli, dean of the University of Tunis-Manouba in Tunisia, will also deliver remarks via a pre-taped video message.
Jennifer Westfeldt, assistant professor in the History Department at the University of Louisville, will discuss this topic. Note: The speaker’s comments will be off the record.
Mark Janzen, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Memphis, will discuss this topic. Note: The speaker's comments will be off the record.
Join us for a in depth discussion on the role of private investment in fostering economic development and prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The panel will be moderated by professor Leeds and will include Raja Jandhyala
(USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa and Chairperson of the Private Capital Group for Africa) Eric Kacou
(Co-Founder of ESPartners and Author of “Entrepreneurial Solutions for Prosperity”)
Bosshard, Peter. 2008. China's Environmental Footprint in Africa
Burke, Christopher; Corkin, Lucy & Davies, Martyn. 2008.
China's Role in the Development of Africa's Infrastructure.
Kaplinsky, Raphael; McCormick, Dorothy & Morris, Mike. 2008.
The Impact of China on Sub-Sahara Africa
Obiorah, Ndubisi. 2008. Rise and Rights in China-Africa Relations
Tull, Denis. 2008.
China in Africa: European Perceptions and Responses to the Chinese Challenge
Articles by Associated Scholars
Broadman, Harry. 2010 Africa's Investment Prospects Are Actually Brighter: Can the 'North' Exploit Africa's First Mover Advantager?
Broadman, Harry. 2010 More Resilient Than Meets The Eye: Africa and the Global Economic Crisis
Recent Student Publications
Rwanda and Ethiopia: Developmental Autoritarianism and the New Politics of African Strong Men
The Islamic State, Boko Haram, and the Evolution of International Jihad
Beyond Local Content: Catalyzing Job Creation in Ghana's Oil Sector
Sarah Lawson and Marina Tolchinsky
Sudanese Elites: How the Riverain Groups Achieved Political Dominance and their Impact on the Sudanese State, Jennifer Pekkinen (April 1, 2009)
The Baobab Tree Lives On: Paul Biya and the Logic of Political Survival, Ngwa Anye Kenneth (April 2009)
Democratic Consolidation in Africa's Two Publics by Christine Arriola
The Fate of Darfur: Race, Ideology and Conquest by Molly Miller
Allah N'est Pas Obidge: An artist's rendition of the phenomenon of child soldiers in Liberia and Sierra Leone by Lisa Overbey
A Dream Deferred? COSATU and the ANC in Power by John-Paul Ferguson
Rural Transition: Agricultural Development and Tenure Rights A case study in the Senegal River Valley by Jeffrey White
SAIS Studies on Senegal
African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI): The Case of Senegal
by Bjorn Dressel
The Reintegration of the Casamance Region into Senegalese Society
by Audra Dykman
The Benefits of Exile: The Case of FLAM
Lance Kinne, (also published in the Journal of Modern African Studies 39, 4, 2001).
Selected Publications by Current and Previous Faculty
Growing Apart: Oil, Politics, and Economic Change in Indonesia and Nigeria
Peter M. Lewis. University of Michigan Press (2007).
Getting In: Mediators' Entry into the Settlement of African Conflicts
Mohammed O. Maundi, I. William Zartman, Kwaku Nuamah, Gilbert M. Khadiagala. (United States Institute of Peace, 2006).
The Impact of Colonial Bargaining on Intergroup Relations in Africa
Gilbert M. Khadiagala and Donald S. Rothchild, editors. (Special Issue of International Negotiation, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2005).
Politics and Society in Conrtemporary Africa
Naomi Chazan, Peter M. Lewis, Robert Mortimer, Donald Rothchild and Stephen Stedman (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999).
The Program's annual conferences have resulted in publication in the SAIS African Studies Library Series (published by Lynne Rienner Publishers) including:
Coping with Crisis in African States, Peter M. Lewis and John W. Harbeson, editors (2016).
African Foreign Policies: Power and Process, Gilbert M. Khadiagala and Terrence Lyons, editors (2001).
Traditional Cures for Modern Conflicts: African Conflict “Medicine,” I. William Zartman, editor (2000).
Democracy in Africa: The Hard Road Ahead, Marina Ottaway, editor (1997).
Collapsed States: The Disintegration and Restoration of Legitimate Authority, I William Zartman, editor (1995).
South Africa: The Political Economy of Transformation, Stephen J. Stedman, editor (1994).
Botswana: The Political Economy of Democratic Development, Stephen J. Stedman, editor (1993).
Ghana: The Political Economy of Recovery, Donald Rothchild, editor (1991).
Tunisia: The Political Economy of Reform, I. William Zartman, editor (1991).
Europe and Africa: The New Phase, I. William Zartman, editor(1993).
Other titles in the series (published by Praeger-Greenwood Press) include:
The Political Economy of Ethiopia, Marina Ottaway and Negussay Ayele, editors (1990).
The Political Economy of Senegal Under Structural Adjustment, Christopher Delgado and Sidi Jammeh, editors (1990).
The Political Economy of Morocco, I. William Zartman, editor (1987).
The Military in African Politics, John Harbeson, editor (1987).
The Political Economy of Kenya, Michael G. Schatzberg, editor (1987).
The Political Economy of Cameroon, Michael G. Schatzberg and I. William Zartman, editors (1986).
The OAU After Twenty Years, Zartman and El-Ayouty, editors (1986).
The Political Economy of Zimbabwe, Michael G. Schatzberg, editor (1984).
The Political Economy of Ivory Coast, I. William Zartman and Christopher Delgado, editors (1984).
The Political Economy of Nigeria, Michael G. Schatzberg, editor (1983).
Africa South of the Sahara (Stanford University)
Comprehensive list of Africa-related links
Compilation of news sources from across the continent
Inter Press Service - Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation
United Nations, Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)
News and analysis on areas of conflict
ACLED (Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project)
African Power and Politics
Afrobarometer Home Page
Survey research site, extensive analysis of politics and reform
Center for Global Development
Research and policy analysis, special focus on aid and reform
Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE)
Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University
A leading source for economic research in the region
Council on Foreign Relations
Effective States and Inclusive Development
Consortium based at University of Manchester
Innovations for Successful Societies
International Food Policy Research Institute
University of Cape Town-Centre for Social Science Research
Inequality, poverty, HIV/AIDS and public attitudes
University of Sussex- Institute of Development Studies. (Brighton, U.K.)
United States Institute of Peace
The World Bank
Data, economic policy analysis, perspectives on governance
Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem)
University of Gothenburg and Kellogg Institute
African Politics Conference Group
African Studies Association Home Page
The central African studies organization in the U.S.
African Studies Center, Leiden, Netherlands
Institute for African Development (IAD), Cornell University
Michigan State University, African Studies Center
Northwestern University Program of African Studies
Nordiska Afrikainstitutet/Nordic Africa Institute
Royal African Society
Leading institute on African affairs in the UK
University of California, Berkeley, Center for African Studies
UCLA, African Studies
University of Florida, African Studies Program
University of Wisconsin, African Studies Program
WomenAlsoKnowStuff : African Politics
List of scholars and areas of specialization
Africa Center, Atlantic Council
Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Enough Project, the project to end genocide and crimes against humanity
Ghana Center for Democratic Development
Global Financial Integrity
Global Voices Online
Human Rights Watch - Africa
Institute for Policy Studies
International Crisis Group
Authoritative analysis and advocacy on conflict
Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Natural Resources Governance Institute
Network of African Democracy Research Institutes
Focus on sustainable development
The South African Civil Society Information Service
Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative