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Welcome

Bienvenue

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مرحبا

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Welkom

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Welcome to the official website for the Institute for African Studies.

IAfS is an interdisciplinary hub that connects students, faculty and researchers who share an interest in Africa and provides a platform for robust and inclusive discussion on African and its place in the global affairs.

Our Purpose is to deepen public and scholarly knowledge of Africa and create opportunities for students, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from a broad spectrum of disciplines to learn, research and share knowledge related to Africa.

Welcome to the official website for the Institute for African Studies.

IAfS is an interdisciplinary hub that connects students, faculty and researchers who share an interest in Africa and provides a platform for robust and inclusive discussion on African and its place in the global affairs.

Our Purpose is to deepen public and scholarly knowledge of Africa and create opportunities for students, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from a broad spectrum of disciplines to learn, research and share knowledge related to Africa.

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Welcome to the IAfS community! We hope you will join us in supporting research, dialogue, teaching, and exchange to deepen our understanding of Africa. We aim to inspire and inform an up-and-coming generation to further explore the complexity, diversity, and dynamism of the continent and its importance in the study of global affairs.

Jennifer Cooke

Director, Institute for African Studies

Connect on Africa at GWU. Welcome to the Institute for African Studies, the academic hub for students, faculty, researchers, and policymakers who share a common interest in Africa. Get involved, as IAfS engages the broader GW community and the greater D.C. policymaking community for intellectual and policy discourse on African Studies.

Ambassador Liberata Mulamula

Associate Director, Institute for African Studies

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UPCOMING EVENTS

From Hope to Horror: Diplomacy and the Making of the Rwanda Genocide

As deputy to the U.S. ambassador in Rwanda, Joyce E. Leader witnessed the tumultuous prelude to genocide—a period of political wrangling, human rights abuses, and many levels of ominous, ever-escalating violence. From Hope to Horror offers her insider’s account of the nation’s efforts to move toward democracy and peace and analyzes the challenges of conducting diplomacy in settings prone to—or engaged in—armed conflict.
 

Foreign Intervention in Africa After the Cold War: Sovereignty, Responsibility, and the War on Terror

Outsiders often perceive Africa as a continent in crisis, and many blame Africans for their plight.  Schmidt challenges this position, arguing that many current crises are the result of foreign political and military intervention during the Cold War and its aftermath.

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EVENTS HIGHLIGHT

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE

Undergraduate and Graduate

IAfS aims to build on a current undergraduate concentration in African Studies for Elliott School bachelor’s degree students to establish a master’s degree program in African Studies. The Elliott School is also exploring the creation of a certificate in African Studies for graduate students completing other master’s or doctorate programs.

Cultural Exchanges and Research

The Institute of African Studies’ Mission necessitates a strong emphasis and substantial investment in curricular exchanges between the Elliott School and the continent of Africa for  students and faculty alike. These exchanges, amongst else, foster an environment ripe for sharing knowledge and producing scholarly works.

Public and Policy Engagement

The Institute for African Studies is quickly becoming a major convener for academics, policymakers, and thought leaders throughout Washington and around the globe. Increasingly, it provides a place for important dialogue on Africa-related events, policy analysis, development, investment, security, and arts and culture.

IAfS offers a balance of cutting-edge academics with policy and practitioner engagement

The institute’s design and programming ensure integration between research and curricular topics and approaches, real-world feedback, and teaching to maximize accuracy and relevance.

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