Rising U.S. Energy Interests

The Africa Program addresses how the United States can engage African energy producers to ensure support for stability, transparency, and good governance as they manage and develop their resources.

The CSIS Africa Program, in collaboration with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program, examines political and humanitarian developments in West African oil-exporting states and the region's geostrategic importance as a major supplier of U.S. oil and an emerging market for natural gas. The Africa Program monitors current political developments in the Niger Delta and has hosted several sessions on the prospects for peace and development in the region, as well as maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea. Our experts continue to work to determine how U.S. policy can best promote economic reform, good governance, improved respect for human rights, environmental stewardship, and support for democratization while reconciling these goals with rising U.S. energy and security interests in the region.