Africa Seminar

Demographics, Resources, and Governance

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Program Description

Endowed with large natural wealth and possessing a young and still growing population, Africa is undergoing major transformations. Key global powers including the United States, China, the European Union, India, and Russia, are playing an increasing role in shaping the destiny of the continent. 

Despite continuing autocracy, corruption, and inequality, Africa is emerging as a key factor in the national security and economic calculations of the United States, China, and other key players. Drawing upon the knowledge and experience of a diverse group of prominent experts, this workshop will explore the social, political, and economic developments on the African continent. 

This three-day seminar will address current issues and trends that will affect U.S. national security interests in the years ahead. Talks are informal and off-the-record. Ample time will be allowed for discussion and question-and-answer sessions with each speaker.

Seminar Topics

  • The Great Game in the Horn of Africa
  • The Terrorism Threat from Africa
  • The Transformation of Ethiopia and Prospects for Regional Strategic Change
  • Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, and South Africa: Four Pivots of Strategic Change in 2022
  • Africa: Legacies of the Past, Aspirations for the Future, and Present Performance
  • Africa and Security: Past, Present and Future
  • Africa at the Crossroads: Political Choice and Economic Growth
  • Youth and Rising Expectations in Africa
  • Global Pandemic, Economic Crises, and Political Instability
  • Human Security: Democracy and Governance
  • Non-State Actors and the Rule of Law in Africa in 2022
  • Middle East States and the New Scramble for Africa
  • Intervention, Prevention, and Narratives Against Extremism in Africa: Policy-Level and Community-Level Responses
  • Africa’s Economic, Geopolitical, and Military Importance to the U.S.
  • China and Africa in the Xi Jinping Era
  • Will South Africa Survive
  • China, India, and Africa—A Triangle of Conflict
  • Regional Pandemics, Environmental Issues, and the Strain on Natural Resources
  • The Growing Threat from ISIS and AL-Qaeda in Africa
  • Africa Rising: Political Choice and Economic Growth
  • Africa Since Independence: Economic and Political Trends
  • Unexpected Success Stories…Despite Massive Problems

The above topics may change to address current events and interests of the participants at the time of the seminar.


The Program Moderator will have extensive experience conducting senior-level foreign policy seminars for the Intel Community. The Moderator will have first-hand knowledge and a detailed, up-to-date understanding of the region being studied in each seminar. In addition to the daily morning introduction and afternoon wrap-up, the Moderator will generally make a separate presentation and be available to provide additional presentations as needed. The Moderator will facilitate, when necessary, dialogue between the speakers and participants as well as lead the group discussions and Q&A sessions.



The fee for each three-day Foreign Policy Seminar is $2,250 per person. The program will feature approximately 12-15 separate presentations. Also included are daily continental breakfasts and working luncheons. The seminar will be held in a private meeting room. An on-site staff person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities.



The target audience for these seminars are civilians (GS-15 and above) and military (O-6 and above). Others who have a special interest in the subject, need-to-know, or are in key positions may apply. Seminar space is limited to assure participants have ample time for open discussion with presenters. Upon registration, attendees will receive confirmation via email within five days. Cancellations will be accepted in writing up to two weeks prior to each program. After that time, substitutions will be accepted. The Agency will be billed if registration is cancelled after the deadline.

If you have any questions or need further information, please call the office at 703-684-8807.


Additional Information

Reporting information will be sent to all participants approximately two weeks prior to the start of the program.

These programs are informal and strictly “off-the-record.” No video, PowerPoint or audio-visual aids are utilized in the presentations.

I have very much enjoyed this seminar. I think the speakers, subjects, topics and class interaction has been outstanding.

R.L, Pentagon • Africa Seminar February 2017

Very well planned and executed; substantive topics.

B.B., Air National Guard • Africa Seminar February 2017

Good preparation session, among others, for next assignment to the AFRICOM staff.

B.B., Air Force • Africa Seminar February 2017

The exposure to that type of experience/knowledge was a gift I was so glad to be on the receiving end of. Thank you!

T.K., Air Force • February 2017

Thank you; excellent seminar; refreshing to get a different perspective from subject matter experts. Really do appreciate the work to pull these speakers in for our benefit.

Air Force attendee • Africa Seminar February 2015