A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar and Panel

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Endowed with abundant 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.

The presence of enormous energy, mineral and agricultural resources make several African states key components of the global economy. Having been largely ignored in the foreign and economic affairs of the major powers in the past, Africa is clearly on the international agenda now. There has probably never been a better time to consider the challenges and promise of this area.



This one-day program is broadcast live from the Capitol Hill Club and streamed via YouTube (or other available platforms) to military bases and personnel around the world. The program will feature a minimum of four presentations in the morning followed by an open panel discussion in the afternoon. Questions from the attendees will be fielded by the program moderator via “chat.”



  • Africa: Legacies of the Past, Aspirations for the Future, and Present Performance
  • The Great Game in the Horn of Africa
  • The Terrorism Threat from Africa
  • Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, and South Africa: Four Pivots of Strategic Change in 2021
  • Africa at the Crossroads: Political Choice and Economic Growth
  • Human Security: Grave Challenges to African Democracy and Governance
  • Non-State Actors and the Rule of Law in 2021 Africa
  • China and Africa in the Xi Jinping Era
  • Regional Pandemics, Environmental Issues, and the Strain on Natural Resources
  • Resources, Conflict and Migration
  • Africa’s Economic, Geopolitical and Military Importance to the United States


Absolutely enjoyed the program's overall structure. The moderator did a great job of weaving the different topics

D. Merker, Air Force

This is the best and most informative array of speakers I have ever had the pleasure to hear!

K. Buckley, Air Force

The exposure to these experts and their wide and varied opinions was fascinating for me. Making sense of the world we live in and overlaying that with U.S. national security interests is the “Kobayashi Maru” of our time…loved it!!!

T.K., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar March 2017

Felt like “Neo” in the Matrix—mass influx of expert information in a concise and rapid-fire format. Awesome!

J.P., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar May 2015

Fantastic program; great approach to the group in providing interesting/informative, though-provoking information. The day has been well worth my time.

P.Z., Joint Enabling Capabilities Command • Professional Development Course February 2017