Addressing Drivers of Extremism in Africa
Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, USIP Program Officer, and Kate Almquist Knopf, the Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, discussed U.S. efforts to counter violent extremism in Africa.
Kate Almquist Knopf
Kate Almquist Knopf is the director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), Ms. Knopf was most recently a senior advisor for the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI); she has also been a visiting policy fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and a member of the adjunct faculty of the Africa Center since 2010.
Ms. Knopf previously held several senior positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), including as assistant administrator for Africa (2007-2009), Sudan mission director (2006-2007), deputy assistant administrator for Africa (2004-2006), and special assistant and senior policy advisor to the administrator (2001-2004).
Muhammad Fraser-Rahim is a program officer for Africa programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace. His areas of expertise include security sector reform, countering violent extremism (CVE) and community oriented policing in Africa. Prior to joining USIP, Mr. Fraser-Rahim worked for the United States Government for more than a decade providing strategic advice and executive branch analytical support on CVE to the White House and the National Security Council. Mr. Fraser-Rahim has conducted original research in more than 40 countries on the African continent, and has worked as a conflict mediator, ESL instructor and adjunct professor on topics related to Africa, CVE and international relations. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Howard University in African Studies with a focus on Islamic Thought, Spirituality and Modernity, and holds a master’s degree from Howard University in History.