Institute for Global and International Studies

Africa Working Group

The Africa Working Group is a multidisciplinary working group centered within the Elliott School's Institute for Global and International Studies that seeks to build a community of scholars, practitioners, and students who share interests in and expertise on important aspects of contemporary African studies and policy.

Activities: The Africa Working Group will organize an occasional internal lunch seminar during which a member presents his/her current work; develop one or more public events each academic year; and commit to furthering attention to critical policy issues related to Africa in the Elliott School, across GW, and with the public.

Topics include: U.S. foreign policy effectiveness toward Africa; African international relations; development, livelihoods, and poverty alleviation; humanitarianism, health, and human security; gender, human rights, and social justice; urbanization, population change, and the environment.

Group members 2012-2013

Semhar Araia




Chinua Akukwe





Sarah Baird




Nemata Blyden






Jennifer Brinkerhoff





Eleanor Brown







Naomi Cahn







Yvonne Captain






Lauren Carruth





Imani Cheers





Douglas Evans






Jay Graham






John W. Harbeson






Remi Jedwab






Steve Lubkemann






Ambassador George E. Moose





Neely Myers






Khadidiatou Ndiaye





Amanda L. Northcross




Pierre Pratley





David Rain





Rajiv Rimal






Jack Sandberg






Jennifer Spencer






Ambassador David Shinn







Ron Waldman






Rob Weiner





Paul Williams

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