Remembering Biafra

On March 9, 2020, The Institute for African Studies held a panel discussion to celebrate the public launch of a web resource for students, teachers, and scholars that provides background information and a broad range of primary documents for teaching about the...

How Women Saved Rwanda

On January 29, 2020, the Elliott School of International Affairs Gender Equality Initiative (GEIA), Institute of African Studies (IAfS), and Leadership, Ethics, and Practice (LEAP) in International Affairs along with Inclusive Security held a presentation on How Women...

#INTO Africa: Live @ IAfS

On February 14, 2020, the Institute for African Studies with the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) Africa Program held an exciting and insightful, Into Africa Live session at GWU.The Into Africa podcasts seeks to shatter the narratives that dominate...


The IAfS team took part in the 2019 Young African Leader Initiative.  The YALI Network, a state department initiative, provides free tools and resources to help young African leaders develop the skills and connections they need to become a positive force for change in...




November 19, 2018: “Human Rights Narratives: A Pathway Toward Integrating Ethics in International Affairs” with Dr. Noam Schimmel

November 8, 2018: Inside Al-Shabaab: The Secret History of Al-Qaeda’s Most Powerful Ally

November 2, 2018: Confronting a Post-Genocide Society: iDebate Rwanda

October 29, 2018: The Political Situation in Congo: An Evening with Tom Perriello

October 24, 2018: “Film Screening & Discussion: In the Name of Your Daughter”

October 18, 2018: Book Launch: The Kingdom of God Has No Borders

October 17, 2018: Global Ethics Day 2018 – Terrorism, Betrayal & Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings with Amb. Prudence Bushnell

October 11, 2018: Book Launch – “Fighting for Peace in Somalia: A History and Analysis of the African Union Mission (AMISOM), 2007-2017”

October 1, 2018: ICWA Fellow Onyinye Edeh on Enablers and Barriers to Girls’ Education in Nigeria

September 27, 2018: Brown Bag Lunch: Use of Evidence to Promote Inclusiveness in the NASSP

September 25, 2018: Book Talk: “Africanistan: Development or Jihad?”

September 19, 2018: The Changing Nature of Work, Economic Growth and Talent Management in Nigeria

September 10, 2018: Book Talk: “Extremisms in Africa”

September 7, 2018: 5th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference

Aug. 24, 2018: A Conversation with Kenya’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Monica Juma

Aug. 22, 2018: “Equality: It’s All in the Family” – Film Screening & Discussion

May 23, 2018: How to Rig an Election: Talk & U.S. Book Launch

May 8, 2018: World Without Borders: “And Women Rise”

April 30, 2018: Beautiful Africa: East to West (Photo Exhibit Reception by Photographer Johnette Iris Stubbs)

April 25, 2018: FGM/C in Sudan with Dr. Samira Amin

Apr. 19, 2018: “When Elephants Fight” Film Screening

April 19, 2018: Foreign Aid in Africa with Hervé Berville, Deputy French National Assembly

Apr. 4, 2018: Book Launch: Money for Votes: The Causes and Consequences of Electoral Clientelism in Africa, by Professor Eric Kramon

Mar. 30, 2018: Does Stakeholder Engagement Benefit Communities? The Case of Oil in Western Uganda

Mar. 29, 2018: Africa Speaker Series: Grounding Global Health Work in African Knowledge: Lessons Learned

Mar. 27, 2018: A Resilient Africa and the Role of Higher Education Institutions

Mar. 22, 2018: Nelson Mandela: The Aristocrat and the Revolution – A Historical Biography

Mar. 9, 2018: A Conversation with Kennedy Odede, CEO of SHOFCO

Mar. 8, 2018: International Women’s Day Celebration at Howard University, featuring Feminist Scholar Amina Mama

Feb. 15, 2018: Africa Speaker Series: Sub-Saharan Africa-Latin America in New South-South Relations

Feb. 14, 2018: IAfS Black History Month Celebration – Film Screening

Feb. 1, 2018: #TheConversation – Fostering Unity in the African Diaspora

Jan. 30, 2018: Towards an ‘Inclusive’ Agriculture-Driven Prosperity for Africa: The Potential, Promise and Challenges in Deploying a Gender Lens

Jan. 24, 2018: The Outcast Majority: War, Development, and Youth in Africa


Dec. 14, 2017: A Conversation with Zimbabwe’s MDC Alliance

Nov. 28, 2017: Strengthen Partnerships in Africa, Featuring Ambassador Yamamoto

Nov. 27, 2017: From the Margins to the Mainstream: Burundian Women’s Launch into Formal Politics from the Arusha Peace Talks (2000-2005)

Nov. 16, 2017: A Talk with H.E., Moussa Faki Mahamat, African Union Commission Chair

Nov. 14, 2017: A Conversation with Former Congressman Dellums

Nov. 7-8, 2017: Transnational Networks in Post-Conflict Stabilization and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nov. 6, 2017: Working with the Interagency: Your Role

Oct. 28-29, 2017: 6th Annual International Symposium on Women & Genocide: The Case of Darfur

Oct. 26, 2017: African Leadership & Gender: Tanzania

Oct. 23, 2017: The Role of Liberalism in Africa

Oct. 13, 2017: Barclays African Group Financial Markets Index

Oct. 12, 2017: Women Feed the World: Perspectives from a Nigerian Female Small-scale Farmer

Sept. 28, 2017: Education and Economic Empowerment in South Sudan

Sept. 28, 2017: “Go Africa” Workshop

Sept. 18-22, 2017: Constituency for Africa (CFA) Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series

Apr. 26, 2017: A “Fireside Chat” with Ambassador Liberata Mulamula

Apr. 20-21, 2017: Remembering Biafra 

Apr. 5, 2017: The Containment Chronotrope with Loren Landau

Mar. 28, 2017: Political Transition in Africa II: Contemporary Perspectives

Mar. 9, 2017: Political Transition in Africa I: Historical Perspectives

Feb. 27, 2017: Black History Month Discussion: Soul Jackets with Tanisha Ford

Feb. 23, 2017: Book Discussion: Evaluating Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone

Feb. 17, 2017: The New Green Revolution for Africa and Female Farmers

Feb. 16, 2017: Book Discussion: Love, Money and HIV with Dr. Sanyu Mojala

Feb. 14, 2017: Book Discussion: Warfare in Central Africa with Ledio Cakaj