Africa

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar

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Program Description


The political turmoil that began in Tunisia and swept across North Africa and throughout the Middle East has echoes throughout the African continent. Autocracy, corruption, and inequality have already generated conflict throughout the continent and have been magnified by the political upheaval in the north.
The presence of enormous energy, mineral and agricultural resources make several African states key components of the global economy. Africa’s political and economic weaknesses, along with civil and regional strife, directly affect U.S. national security. If Africa has largely been ignored in the foreign and economic affairs of the major powers in the past, it is clearly now on the international agenda. There has probably never been a better time to consider the challenges and promise of this area.

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. It 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


  • Africa: Legacies of the Past, Aspirations for the Future, and Present Performance
  • Political-Economic Conflict in the Horn of Africa
  • America in Africa: From George Washington to Donald Trump
  • The Transnational Nature of African Terrorism
  • Africa Today: Resources, Conflicts and Migration
  • Failed States and the Growing Threat from ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Africa
  • Africa Since Independence: Economic and Political Trends
  • Advancing U.S. Strategic Interests in a Turbulent North Africa
  • Unexpected Success Stories…Despite Massive Problems
  • Non-State Actors and the Rule of Law in Africa
  • Energy and Oil in Africa
  • South Africa: The Hopes and Disappointments of the “Rainbow Nation”
  • India Challenges China in Africa: The Long-Term Consequences for the Continent
  • Africa Rising: Political Choice, Market Reforms and Economic Growth
  • AFRICOM and U.S. National Security Interests in Africa

*The above topics may change to address current events at the time of the seminar.
 

Moderator


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.

 

Fee


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 at the Capitol Hill Club. An on-site staff person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities.

 

Registration


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 Iris Fernandez or Patricia Patton at 703-684-8807.

 

Additional Information


The Foreign Policy Seminars will be held in a private meeting room at the Capitol Hill Club, located at 300 First Street SE, Washington, DC. The Club is directly across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station (Blue and Orange Lines). Business attire for participants is required.

Reporting information concerning registration time and meeting room assignments will be sent to all participants approximately two weeks prior to the start of each program. The seminar meeting room will open at 7:45 am and seminars will be conducted from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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

This was world class—better strategic-level overview than we have for an entire course at Air War College, adn better than I studied at the National War Colleg.e

G.H., Air War College • Africa Seminar February 2017

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

Simply amazing speakers, moderator, and facilities; the interaction is amazing, just to obtain other views provided deep reflection. Very much appreciate the opportunity to attend.

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

Each speaker made at least one point which I had no previously considered; every lecture was beneficial. Well done!

K.K., Air Force • Africa Seminar February 2015

The diversity of experience and opinion was perfectly balanced.

G.H., Air War College • Africa Seminar February 2017