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

February 6, 2020 • 4:00 – 6:00 pm EST

Kindly note that this event is off-site at Washington University in St. Louis. The live stream will be broadcast on Twitter: @CSISAfrica

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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 on February 6th, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm EST. at the Washington University in St. Louis. 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. Save the date, register, and subscribe to the CSIS Africa Program distribution list to receive updates on the Debate Series.

This event is made possible through the generous support of Open Society Foundations.

Event Partners

Sponsor Sponsor

Judd Devermont

Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development

Kader Hassane

Principal Investment Officer, Africa50 Infrastructure Fund