Senior Associate (Non-resident), Africa Program
Expertise: Africa, Economics, Global Health, Governance and Rule of Law, Infectious Disease, International Development, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
Associated Programs: Africa Program, Security and Conflict, A More Strategic U.S. Approach to Police Reform in Africa, AFRICOM, Political and Security Trends in East Africa, Africa’s Changing Economic Landscape, Africa's New Energy Producers, Governance and Elections, CSIS Nigeria Forum, Intersection of Religion and Politics, Resilient Africa Network, U.S. Policy towards Africa, Opportunities for U.S. Engagement with Nigeria, Rising U.S. Energy Interests, Stress Testing African States, China in Africa, Global Health Policy Center, HIV/AIDS, South AfricaRichard Downie is a senior associate of the CSIS Africa Program. In this role, he analyzes emerging political, economic, social, and security trends in sub-Saharan Africa with the aim of informing U.S. policymakers, the U.S. military, members of Congress, and leaders from the business and nongovernmental communities. He is the author or coauthor of more than 20 CSIS reports and has conducted research for CSIS in more than a dozen African countries on topics as diverse as security sector reform, political risk, religious trends, and economic development. Downie is also a consultant with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, where his work has included writing a series of reports on U.S. bilateral health relationships and leading a working group examining how the United States can manage its HIV/AIDS programs with partner countries.
Downie joined CSIS following a decade-long career in journalism. He was a reporter for several newspapers in the United Kingdom before joining the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), where he worked as a senior broadcast journalist. Since then, he has conducted research and completed writing projects on Africa for the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He is a contributor to the Africa section of Freedom House’s annual report, Freedom in the World. He is a frequent commentator on African issues for U.S. and international media organizations. Downie holds a master’s degree in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in modern history from Oxford University.