Report Launch: Why Africa Matters to US National Security

May 25, 2017 - 9:00 am

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW
Washington, DC

Report Launch: Why Africa Matters to US National Security

A conversation with:
Grant T. Harris
Harris Africa Partners LLC
 Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs
National Security Council

Karen Attiah
Editor, Global Opinions
Washington Post
Welcoming Remarks by: 
Bronwyn Bruton
Director of Programs and Studies; Deputy Director, Africa Center
Atlantic Council

African countries pose a variety of threats and opportunities to the United States, and engaging with them is not optional. But policymakers and analysts have regularly undervalued Africa's importance to US national security and economic interests. A better understanding of how Africa's potential - and problems - affects the United States is urgently needed. Please join the Atlantic Council's Africa Center for a conversation with Grant T. Harris, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council, moderated by Karen Attiah, Global Opinions Editor with The Washington Post, on the Center's most recent report: Why Africa Matters to US National Security. 

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record.

Metro and parking info 


Grant T. Harris is CEO of Harris Africa Partners LLC and advises companies and organizations on strategy, policy, and mitigating risk with respect to doing business in Africa.
For four years, Harris served as the principal advisor to President Barack Obama on issues related to Africa, serving as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the White House from August 2011 to August 2015. In this role, Harris initiated and coordinated U.S. policies toward the 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including political, economic, and security matters. Harris conceived of and was a primary lead in implementing the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, in which President Obama hosted 51 African Leaders in Washington, DC in August 2014. Harris also initiated and coordinated the Doing Business in Africa Campaign, to encourage greater U.S. trade and investment; launched the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative, to support emerging leaders; and conceived and was the primary architect of the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, signed by President Obama in 2012. During his time at the White House, Harris also oversaw U.S. efforts to create and implement the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, and led the U.S. response to various peace and security crises across Africa.
Harris holds a law degree from Yale Law School, a Master’s in Public Affairs, with Distinction, from Princeton University, and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Berkeley. His writings have appeared in such publications as Forbes; Yale Journal of Law & Policy; Berkeley Journal of International Law; Horizons; Israel Law Review (peer-reviewed); and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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