Africa Seminar

American National Security and a Continent in Transition

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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—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. 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

  • The Great Game in the Horn of Africa
  • Africa: Legacies of the Past, Aspirations for the Future, and Present Performance
  • Africa’s Economic, Geopolitical, and Military Importance to the United States
  • Human Security: Democracy and Governance
  • The Terrorism Threat From Africa
  • Africa at the Crossroads: Political Choice and Economic Growth
  • The Transformation of Ethiopia and Prospects for Regional Strategic Change
  • Non-State Actors and the Rule of Law in Africa
  • Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, and South Africa: Four Pivots of Strategic Change in 2020
  • China and Africa in Xi Jinping Era
  • Africa’s Economic, Geopolitical, and Military Importance to the U.S.
  • New External Actors: The UAE-Africa Case Study and the Gulf Scramble for Africa
  • China, India, and Africa—A Triangle of Conflict

*The above topics may change to address current events 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 at the Capitol Hill Club. 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

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, Silver 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

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

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

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

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

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

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