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 launched 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

Event Recap

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.

Africa Crisis Management

An #ACFrontPage Event

Atlantic Council Front Page is our premier live ideas platform for global leaders to discuss the defining challenges of our time. #ACFrontPage is a high-level event series featuring top newsmakers across multiple digital platforms. Harnessing the convening power and expertise of the Council’s sixteen programs and centers, #ACFrontPage leverages the Council’s capabilities in social media, press, and digital outreach to spotlight the world’s most prominent leaders and the most compelling ideas across sectors and engage new audiences eager for nonpartisan and constructive solutions to current global challenges. This widely promoted program features the Council’s most important guests and content serving as the highlight of our programming.

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.