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About the Centre

The Centre will generate new knowledge of the US in Africa and produce applied knowledge for different sectors.
Why was the Centre formed?
  • 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 to cultural intersections, interactions and exchanges.

  • There is a need for Africans to turn a critical analytical African focus on a nation and society that is a major world power – and has been and is an important actor involved in Africa’s present and future.

  • Obtaining a critical analytical understanding of another society, with its complex and complicated history, is also a way of gaining a better understanding of ourselves as Africans.

  • There is a need to create courses and postgraduate programmes to train a new generation of African students and citizens, with a focused knowledge on the US as a nation and a society.

  • There is a need for an entity that links African scholars, researchers and students interested in the US as a nation and a society, and to train US students who are interested in US influence globally.

  • There is a need for an academic space for convening Africa-US dialogues by different sectors, groups, movements, policy makers and governments, business and corporations, and sub-regional structures such as the Southern African Development Community, the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union.

  • There is a need for a resource and repository for specific forms of knowledge that inform policy-making processes in Africa and the US through commissioned research.

  • There is a need for a base for visiting US scholars and students who are conducting research on Africa.

  • There is a need for a venue and space for briefings and induction programmes for Africans who are going to the US for training or exchange programmes, as well as for US scholars coming to Africa, to better understand the dynamics of the US and Africa relationships, interactions and connections.

  • There is a need for a space for conducting induction and training programmes for African diplomats who will be posted to the US.

  • There is a need for a space for returning African diplomats to reflect, share and write about their experiences in the US.

  • To facilitate exchange programmes between the Centre and the US.