Jennifer Cooke is senior associate of Office of the President, where she leads research and analysis on political, economic, and security dynamics in Africa. She is a frequent writer and lecturer on U.S.-Africa policy and provides briefings, testimony, and policy recommendations to U.S. policymakers, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. military. Recent projects include an examination of militancy and extremism in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin, religious authority and the state in Africa, energy trends in sub-Saharan Africa, and the launch of the “Spotlight on Africa” conference series, which provides an in-depth look at political and economic developments in Africa’s largest and most dynamic economies.
Cooke is a frequent commentator in print, on radio, and on television, and she has testified before Congress on Boko Haram in Nigeria, the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, and the African Union. She travels widely in Africa and has been an election observer in Sierra Leone, Mali, Nigeria, and Ghana. Growing up, she lived in Côte d’Ivoire and the Central African Republic, as well as Belgium, Italy, and Canada. Prior to CSIS, she worked at the National Academy of Sciences in the Office of Human Rights and the Office of News and Public Information and in the U.S. Congress on the House Subcommittee on Africa. She holds an M.A. in African studies and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in government, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.
All Jennifer G. Cooke Content
Report by Jennifer G. Cooke — June 6, 2018
Event — February 14, 2018
Podcast Episode by Sarah Ladislaw Jennifer G. Cooke and Beverly Kirk — December 27, 2017
Event — November 30, 2017
Commentary by Jennifer G. Cooke Boris Toucas and Katrin Heger — November 15, 2017
Critical Questions by Jennifer G. Cooke — November 15, 2017
Event — November 9, 2017
Event — November 8, 2017
Event — November 2, 2017