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.
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Report by Jennifer G. Cooke — June 6, 2018
Event by Jennifer G. Cooke , Alexander Thurston , James Barnett , and Alice Hunt Friend — February 14, 2018
Podcast Episode by Sarah Ladislaw , Jennifer G. Cooke , and Beverly Kirk — December 27, 2017
Event by Jennifer G. Cooke , Nana Ama Agyemang Asante , Mark Kaigwa , Phillip van Niekerk , Yinka Adegoke , and Kizito Byenkya — 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 by Daniel F. Runde , Sarah Ladislaw , Jennifer G. Cooke , Nilmini Rubin , Nilmini Rubin , Mima Nedelcovych , Katherine Steel , Leocadia Zak , and Del Renigar — November 9, 2017
Event by Jennifer G. Cooke and Richard Downie — November 8, 2017
Event by Jennifer G. Cooke and Ann Bernstein — November 2, 2017
The Joint Force of the Group of Five for the Sahel: An African-led Response to Insecurity in the Sahel
Event by Jennifer G. Cooke , Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop of Mali , Foreign Minister Alpha Barry of Burkina Faso , Foreign Minister Ibrahim Yacoubou of Niger , Foreign Minister Hissein Brahim Taha of Chad , Defense Minister Diallo Mamadou Bathia of Mauritania , and Najim Elhadj Mohamed — November 1, 2017