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As a post-COVID-19 world emerges and the new US administration sets its foreign policy agenda, Africa stands as a land of opportunity. At the Africa Center, we are inspired by Africa’s prospects. Africa is the oldest continent, yet the youngest in age and soon to be largest by population. It is home to the fastest growing economies, the largest free trade area, and the biggest digital revolution. Above all, Africa is a strategic continent, and no global challenge can be solved without this generation of Africans.
In celebration of Africa Day, which marks the founding of the African Union, and to introduce the new Africa Center team and vision under Director Ambassador Rama Yade, the Atlantic Council is launching its African Conversations Series. The series aims to shine a light on high-profile US officials’ connections to the continent and engagement with Africa policy.
Join the Africa Center for signature, intimate conversations as we engage officials across the Center’s key pillars of work: rule of law, African prosperity, the creative and cultural industries, and multilateralism.
LIVE 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)
A Conversation with Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for Africa Dana L. Banks
The Hon. Dana L. Banks
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Africa
National Security Council
With remarks from
H.E. Hilda Suka-Mafudze
Ambassador of the African Union to the United States
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)
An #ACFrontPage event
An AC Front Page conversation with US Representative to the United Nations Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Pre-recorded on May 19, 2021
The Hon. Linda Thomas-Greenfield
US Representative to the United Nations
With remarks from
All in conversation with
An #ACFrontPage event
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Meet the Africa Center
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.
New Atlanticist May 25, 2021
Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Africa’s most overlooked crises and opportunities
By Katherine Walla
Thomas-Greenfield spoke about US President Joe Biden’s outlook on Africa with Ambassador Rama Yade, director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, at an event celebrating Africa Day and introducing the Africa Center’s new team and mission.
Event Recap May 25, 2021
Mali coup: White House official calls for ‘unconditional and immediate’ release of president and prime minister
By Africa Center
Speaking at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Day celebration, White House official Dana Banks responded to topical issues in African affairs, including the coup in Mali, calling for “the unconditional and immediate release of the president and the prime minister.”
AfricaSource May 25, 2021
Africa is America’s greatest geopolitical opportunity. Does the US know it?
By Amb. Rama Yade
Biden can further build ties with Africa: He should do so not only because these countries have long been underrepresented within leading multilateral organizations, but also because they offer innovative solutions to global challenges including terrorism, climate change, migration, debt, and COVID-19.