Recent Events

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.
On Thursday, February 16, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion on the status of the fight against Boko Haram with Major General Johnny Hamakim, director general of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre; Major General David Ahmadu, chief of training and operations for the Nigerian Army; and Brigadier General Sadiq Ndalolo, the Nigerian Army Resource Centre’s director of international alliances and linkages.
On Thursday, February 16, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Moïse Katumbi, joint opposition candidate for the presidency of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and former governor of Katanga Province, for a roundtable discussion on the evolving political situation in the country.
On Wednesday, January 18, in partnership with the Enough Project, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a discussion on the political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the impact of the recent political deal brokered by the National Episcopal Conference of the Congo (CENCO). Discussants included Atlantic Council Vice President and Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham; Pierre Englebert, professor of international affairs and politics at Pomona College, and author of Congo Blues: Scoring Kabila’s Rule; and Sasha Lezhnev, associate director for policy at the Enough Project.
On Tuesday, November 29, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Noah Manyika, convenor of the Build Zimbabwe Alliance, for a roundtable discussion on Zimbabwe’s opposition parties and the political landscape in the country ahead of the 2018 presidential elections.
On Thursday, December 8, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center launched two new publications on Eritrea. The first, Eritrea’s Economy: Ideology and Opportunity, authored by fragile states expert Seth Kaplan, examines the nexus between the ideology of Eritrea’s leadership and the country’s struggling economy. The second, Eritrea: Coming In from the Cold, authored by Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton, examines the US-Eritrean relationship and makes the case that now is the time for the US to reengage with Eritrea.


    

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