African Centre for the Study of the United States
What is the African Centre for the Study of the United States?
The African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS) is a vibrant multi and interdisciplinary research centre based at the University of the Witwatersrand, a global university well-known for its leading research and postgraduate training.
The Centre serves as an intellectual base for the study of the US and Africa. African owned and operated, our researchers offer analysis and stimulate scholarly and public debates about the United States as a nation and a society, and the ways Africa relates to the US.
It provides a space for intellectual and cultural exchanges, interactions and partnerships amongst those interested in exploring and sharing knowledge and perspectives on the multi-faceted relations and interactions between African countries and the US. It also serves as a base for visiting scholars researching and teaching in relevant areas.
The Centre is a global hub and authoritative source on the African continent for academics, students, individuals, civil society organisations, individuals, organisations, think tanks, corporates and governments who want to better understand the complexities and intricacies of a wide range of world-concerns.
There is a need to create African-generated knowledge and more nuanced understandings of the US as a nation and society to inform African thinking, actions and interactions, from political relations, through economic and trade relations, science and health, to cultural intersections, interactions and exchanges.
The Centre fundraises for its programmes from individuals, philanthropic entities, the public and private sectors and research funding organisations in Africa and the US. The Bergman family, the US Embassy in South Africa and the Ford Foundation are some of the early supporters of the Centre.
ACSUS is currently engaged in two critical areas: Foreign Policy and Geopolitics, and Communications, Media, Culture and Society, and will expand into programmes such as Politics and Society, Public Health, Economy, Commerce and Society, Technology and Society, Science and Society, Higher Education, Climate Change and Climate Justice, Futures of the Youth, Rule of Law and Judicial Independence.