This Africa Day takes place at a historic turning point marked by the post-COVID-19 challenges and the economic consequences of the war in Ukraine. From energy to security (including food), not to mention the reform of the International Development Architecture and the ongoing global powers competition, the African continent is expected to play an increasing role on the international stage. The votes of African nations at the UN about the Russian invasion of Ukraine raise additional questions about their influence and intentions in the context of the new geopolitical order.

Regarding the need to better understand these deep and unprecedented changes, the Atlantic Council dedicates this Africa Day to a high-level expert panel composed of the Africa program leaders of DC think tanks.

This goal is aligned with the Africa Center’s mission, whose objective is to prepare policymakers and investors for the onset of the African Century by supporting dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and multilateral institutions. As a destination for African cultural, political, and business leaders who want to create a more authentic African narrative, the Council is a powerful platform for a better knowledge of Africa and promoting opportunities on the African continent.

Please join the Africa Center for this conversation. Join online to participate in these conversations on Thursday, May 25th, 2022, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am EDT.

There will be a Q&A session, and the event will be on the record. Please reach out to Tyrell Junius, with any questions.


Mr. Mvemba Dizolele
Africa Program Director
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Mr. Ebenezer Obadare
Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow for Africa Studies
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Dr. Aloysius Uche Ordu
Director of the Africa Growth Initiative in the Global Economy and Development Program
Brookings Institution

Dr. Joseph Sany
Vice President of the Africa Center
United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

Ambassador Rama Yade
Senior Director of the Africa Center
Atlantic Council


Mr. Julian Pecquet
Washington and UN Correspondent
The Africa Report/Jeune Afrique L’Intelligent

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.