What is the Africa Center for Strategic Studies?
As many African security challenges are nontraditional and societally based, the Africa Center engages with a wide range of security sector actors—civilian, uniformed, and civil society—with the aim of enhancing citizen security by strengthening the effectiveness and accountability of African security sector institutions.
When was the Africa Center established?
What are the Africa Center’s main activities?
The Africa Center’s academic programs examine strategic insights and analyses that can inform practitioners and policymakers on Africa’s security challenges. Participants include military, civilian, and civil society security sector professionals from Africa and their international counterparts. Drawing on practical experiences and lessons learned, the Center’s academic programs provide seminar-style venues for candid exchanges on priorities and best practices. The thematic focuses of the Africa Center’s academic programs include:
- Strengthening leadership, strategy, and governance in Africa’s security sectors
- Countering terrorism and violent extremism
- Countering illicit trafficking and transnational organized crime
- Stabilizing fragile states
- Strengthening security sector institutions and democratic accountability
- Strengthening Africa’s collective peace and security architecture
Community and Alumni Affairs
The Africa Center experience does not end at the conclusion of a program. The Africa Center community is a global network of approximately 7,000 professionals, representing all 54 African countries, who have participated in an Africa Center program. The Africa Center works to maintain and enhance the relationships forged during its programs to facilitate ongoing dialogue, information sharing, and networking in-country, across the continent, and with Africa Center experts. The Africa Center’s Community and Alumni Affairs directorate maintains contact with Africa Center graduates, who have the opportunity to attend outreach events and seminars, and join the Center’s online community to stay up to date on current security topics and scholarly insights.
Community Chapters are associations formed by alumni of Africa Center programs. They are independent, nongovernmental, nonpolitical organizations aimed at creating a forum for continuing education, dialogue, and exchanges among participants within a country. Each of the 34 chapters is unique, reflecting the particular interests of its members. Many chapters hold in-country seminars, host visiting scholars, or organize conferences.
Africa Center graduates often go on to senior positions within their countries. Our alumni include 9 heads of state and more than 200 cabinet ministers and ambassadors.
The Africa Center’s research aims to expand the analysis and understanding of Africa’s security challenges. These publications are authored by Africa Center faculty and independent scholars as practical, policy-relevant analyses with the intention of generating publicly available, evidence-based insights of contemporary and over-the-horizon security issues for African and international security practitioners, policymakers, and civil society actors. Building on the Center’s strong relationships on the continent, African authors account for at least half of these research products, facilitating an exchange of views on effective strategies and practices for advancing Africa’s security. These publications, in turn, inform Africa Center academic programs and community chapter dialogues.
Who can attend Africa Center academic programs, and how are participants selected?
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Does the Africa Center offer scholarships?
Does the Africa Center have an internship program?
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