Assistant Research Fellow
Michael D. Rettig is an assistant research fellow at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, where he studies and writes on a range of African governance and security issues with an emphasis on West Africa. He is a regular contributor to policy journals and newspapers on Africa security issues.
Previously, Mr. Rettig worked at the Brookings Institution’s Global Economy and Development program and Africa Growth Initiative. His research concentrated on African security, infrastructure, economic diversification, debt financing, education, trade policy, and private sector regulation. He also edited and advised on globally focused publications covering macroeconomic governance, development effectiveness, and climate change. Prior to joining Brookings, Mr. Rettig spent time in the Office of Economic Policy at the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, where he worked on the business matchmaking component of the African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum and wrote policy speeches on African economics.
Mr. Rettig has an M.A. in international relations from New York University, where he specialized in international security and sub-Saharan Africa. He earned his B.A. in political science at Pennsylvania State University.
Areas of Expertise
Security, infrastructure, debt financing, education, trade policy, private sector regulation, climate change
The Hill, July 11, 2016
Africa Center for Strategic Studies, May 26, 2016
The Hill, April 2016
The Hill, February 2016
The Hill, December 2015
The Hill, March 2015
World Politics Review, September 2014
The Hill, August 2014
The Brookings Institution, December 2013
The Brookings Institution, July 2013
The Brookings Institution, May 2013
The Brookings Institution, April 2013
CBC Radio, February 16, 2016