Recent Events

On Tuesday, June 27, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion with Mr. Louis Mazel, former chargé d’affaires at the embassy of the United States to the State of Eritrea.
On May 25, 2017, on the occasion of the fifty-fourth celebration of Africa Day, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center launched its newest report, “Why Africa Matters to US National Security.” The author, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council Grant Harris, argues that a re-assessment of Africa’s strategic importance to US national security is overdue.

Atlantic Council Vice President and Africa Center Director Dr. J. Peter Pham welcomed attendees, and Africa Center Director for Programs and Studies and Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton set the stage for Harris’s remarks, which she noted were especially timely given that a new administration has settled into Washington.
On Tuesday, May 23, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Dr. Saad Ali Shire, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the Republic of Somaliland.
On Thursday, May 18, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion with H.E. João Lourenço, Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Angola. 
On Tuesday, May 16, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, in partnership with the Enough Project, hosted Nathalia Dukhan, Field Researcher and Analyst for the Enough Project, for a private roundtable discussion on the current situation in the Central African Republic (CAR).
On Wednesday, April 19, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted an expert’s roundtable with Michael Keating, special representative of the UN secretary-general for Somalia and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia.
On Wednesday, March 29, Atlantic Council Vice President and Africa Center Director Dr. J. Peter Pham testified before the US House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee on “Terrorism in North Africa: An Examination of the Threat.”

Africa’s northwest Maghreb region is home to some of the longest-running terrorist campaigns on the African continent, a situation that has become all the more combustible in recent years with the emergence of so-called Islamic State (ISIS) “provinces” amid the disintegration of Libya, alongside preexisting groups like al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and still other Islamist bands which emerged in the wake of the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi’s dictatorship.
On Tuesday, March 28, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a luncheon for African ambassadors with an Israeli delegation, including Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff, vice director general and head of multilateral affairs directorate for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador Gil Haskel, deputy director general of the foreign ministry and head of Israel’s international development agency, MASHAV.
On Monday, March 27, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion with His Excellency Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda.

Atlantic Council Vice President and Africa Center Director Dr. J. Peter Pham  welcomed participants and former National Security Advisor General James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (ret.), chairman of the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, introduced the president.
On Thursday, March 9, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a public address by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs the Honorable Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the future of US and global relations with Africa.


    

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