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.
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