Michael D. Rettig

Michael Rettig head shotAssistant 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


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