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CSIS Debate Series: 'Does Democracy Foster Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa?'

Thursday, February 6 | 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom

Anheuser-Busch Hall, St. Louis, MO 63105

People Interested (6)

Martin Seng Aishani Shukla Mame Mor Ndiaye Paul Schultz Ryan Delaney
Sewasew Assefa

Getting Here

Does democracy foster economic growth? Do human rights protections advance counterterrorism objectives? Does great power competition hurt or empower the continent? Does the U.S. even need a foreign policy for sub-Saharan Africa? Since the 1990s, there generally has been consensus about U.S. priorities and policies toward the region. While continuity has its merits, it also acts as a brake on creativity, innovation, and new thinking about U.S. interests in sub-Saharan Africa. The CSIS Africa Debate Series offers an opportunity to question and refine policy objectives to meet a changing political landscape.

Join the CSIS Africa Program for its second debate. CSIS will pose the question, “Does democracy foster economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa?” to policymakers, journalists, entrepreneurs and scholars. Experts will face off to identify the advantages and disadvantages of democracy in Africa and to open a dialogue on a new framework for U.S. foreign policy toward the region. Audience members will vote key debate points and participate in Q&A.


Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Olin Business School, School of Law


Humanities & Society


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Event Contact

Rebecca Matey | rebecca.matey@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Information on speakers will be added as we get closer to the event date. 

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