Monday, August 4, 2014

Think Tanks Heavily Involved in Obama's US-Africa Summit

Think tanks in and around Washington, DC are cranking out papers on Africa at an enormous pace as the US-Africa Leaders Summit comes to town for three days.  Several are also hosting heads of state from various African nations.  Here are some examples of think tank activity on Africa:

  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will host the President of Mali on August 7.
  • Wilson Center on the opportunities at the US-Africa Leaders Summit.
  • Brookings holds major Africa Summit event at the Willard Hotel on August 4; to host President of Somalia on August 8; Brookings blog posts and interviews about US-Africa summit.
  • Atlantic Council hosts President of Tunisia on August 5; and August 6 event on doing business in the Sub-Sahara.
  • The Heritage Foundation says that the Obama Administration needs to stop ignoring Africa.
  • Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on what to expect at the US-Africa summit.
  • Cato Institute on sustaining the economic rise of Africa.
  • US Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted UN Ambassador Susan Rice on July 30 to discuss the US-Africa Leaders Summit; USIP's summit resources on Africa; USIP closed to the public August 4-7 because of the summit.
  • Center for Global Development's (CGD) US-Africa Summit watch list.
  • Center for American Progress (CAP): Africa 2.0 - Looking to the future.
  • UK's Chatham House says that the US-Africa Summit feels like a speed dating exercise.

In a related topic, according to the University of Pennsylvania think tank rankings, Africa has 612 think tanks.