Panel Discussion: The Future of U.S. Military Involvement in Africa: The Case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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 at the Institute for Policy Studies

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This event is co-sponsored by SAIS African Studies and the Institute for Policy Studies.

Clinton Tone-Deaf During Africa Trip

Hillary Clinton tried to emphasize the importance of Africa during her recent trip, but only managed to emphasize how marginal the continent remains to U.S. foreign policy.

Obama Visits Africa’s ‘Oil Gulf’

President Barack Obama makes his historic visit to Africa. Born of a Kenyan economist father, Obama will go not to his ancestral lands but to Ghana, Africa’s newest oil state.

Niger Delta Standoff

Oil companies and the Nigerian military are attempting to maintain control of what will soon be one-quarter of U.S. oil imports.

Public Briefing: Obama, Ghana, and U.S.-Africa Policy

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


Strategic Dialogue: Bashir Indictment

Will the indictment of Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir lead to greater peace and justice or undermine those elusive goals? Meghan Stewart and Hussein Yusuf provide contrasting views.