The United States Military Command for Africa (AFRICOM) officially began one year ago. This new command has been active in its first year training troops throughout the continent, providing supplies, and even building schools. AFRICOM has both raised great support and harsh criticism throughout Africa and in the United States.
Ambassador William J. Garvelink, US Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo Prosper Bunzigiye, Congolese Human Rights Activist Lauren Ploch, Congressional Research Services Moderated by Emira Woods, Co-Director of Foreign Policy in Focus atthe Institute for Policy Studies
David Alan Harris is a choreographer, writer, and leading dance/movement therapist who specializes in fostering recovery among survivors of egregious human rights abuse. His article on his work in Sierra Leone can be read here.
As President Obama heads to Ghana for an historic visit, leading Africa advocacy organizations urge a new U.S. engagement with Africa based on mutual interests and mutual respect.
The Institute for Policy Studies and allied organizations will host a public briefing and press conference covering proposals for a bold transformation of U.S. Africa policy. Issues covered include peace and security, trade and development, agriculture, HIV/AIDS and health.
Bishop Akolgo, Integrated Social Development Ghana (ISODEC) Charles Abugre, Christian Aid Nii Akuetteh, Africa Analyst, former Executive Director of Africa Action Dan Volman, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars Bill Freese, Science Policy Analyst, Center for Food Safety Matthew Kavanagh, Health GAP (Global Access Project)
Moderator: Emira Woods, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus.
Light refreshments will be served. Please call (202) 234-9382×232 to RSVP or for more information.
Event cosponsors include Africa Action, TransAfrica Forum, African Faith and Justice network, American Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Service Committee, Africa Security Research Institute, Health GAP, Global Aids Alliance, Friends of the Congo, Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, Jubilee USA, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars, African Alliance for the 21st Century, African Network for African Development, Third World Networks-Africa, Integrated Social Development Ghana (ISODEC), and Blackcommentator.com.