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The Atlantic Council’s Africa Center invites you to a private, off-the-record event on security and military support in the Horn of Africa. This conversation, featuring Major General William L. Zana, commanding general of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), will be moderated by Africa Center Senior Fellow Mr. Cameron Hudson.

With conflict and new tensions emerging within the Horn of Africa, the growing involvement of powerful states from outside the region, and evolving relationships for the United States with regional actors, the challenges to maintaining stability in this increasingly strategic region are growing.  These challenges have emerged among an already significant standing agenda related to efforts towards countering violent extremism, supporting regional security capacities, and now managing the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On this full near-term agenda, the Command must also be prepared for unforeseen and emerging challenges as well, from growing cyber capabilities and new weapons flows, to migration flows and the ever-changing effects of demographics, urbanization and climate change on regional states.  In this conversation, Major General Zana will discuss the CJTF-HOA’s strategy and mission and hopes to engage with expert participants around the Command’s current challenges and other emerging issues.

This invite-only, off-the-record event will take place on Monday, August 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (ET) via Zoom. Please register here to confirm your attendance and receive Zoom details, or contact Nick O’Connell at or +1 (224) 500-2707 with any questions or concerns.

Reminder that this event is invite-only. If you did not personally receive this link from the Africa Center, we ask you to please reach out to Nick O’Connell at to request access.

The Africa Center works to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.