Africa Roundtable Series

Director: Gwendolyn Mikell
September 1, 1996 - June 30, 2003

The focus of this series was influenced by the major shift occurring in African governance as the Organization of African Unity is phased out, and Africans sign onto new membership in the African Union. The theme captures the new type of relationships being crafted between the AU and African states, between the AU and the international community, and between the African official leadership and the citizenry as this shift occurs.

African governance has emerged as one of the major topics in the American dialogue about whether developing strong relations with Africa is “in America’s national interest.” The American slogans “Trade, not Aid” and then “African solutions to African Problems,” which characterized some policy discussions in the 1990s, reflected the hesitation that many American policy makers have had towards investing in Africa given the length and fragility of Africa’s political and economic transitions. The African environment, however, is undergoing positive change.

A 2001 World Bank report, examining “Can Africa Claim the 21st Century,” answered yes, if Africa can develop the structures for trade, investment, growth, peace, and security that are needed. Obviously, African countries made significant adjustments as they moved to post-cold war politics focused on state democratization and economic restructuring. Africans themselves have recognized that this was not sufficient for preventing ethnic conflicts and civil war; stemming conflicts over resources between neighboring states; reducing poverty and achieving an equitable distribution of national resources; reducing debt and guaranteeing economic growth and development; or encouraging leadership transitions that reinforce democracy. Given the new understandings of shifts occurring within the global economy, African leaders have challenged themselves to construct patterns of regional and continental governance that will encourage unity and push Africa toward development.

Sessions of this series are designed to examine how it is in America’s long term interests to work with Africa in the changing global environment of the present, focusing on five major challenges under the African governance theme: the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD); management of strategic resources; leadership and democratic transitions; security, anti-terrorism, and tribunals; global partnerships with the United States, G8, and the United Nations.

Meetings

Nigeria Follow-Up Session

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Supporting African Conflict Resolution

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New Partnership for Africa's Development

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Prospects for Peace in the Sudan

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NEPAD and the International Private Sector: An African 'Marshall Plan'?

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A Discussion of Recent Developments in Somalia

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Recent Developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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America's Response to Terrorism: Managing Africa's Oil Revenues in a Changing Global Climate

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America's Response to Terrorism: Fundamentalist Movements in Africa

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A Conversation with Jendayi Frazer

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Constructing an African Policy

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The Impact of Democratization on Security: African Civilian and Military Perspectives

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Constructing and Africa Policy

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Shaping the Dialogue: Shaping the Future

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Republicans and Democrats Discuss Trade and Security

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American Interest in Investing in Africa's Future

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Africa Promoting Security in Africa—The U.S. Contribution

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Promoting Security in Africa—The U.S. Contribution

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Recent Events in the Ivory Coast

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The Road to Peace in the Congo

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American Interests in Expanding Trade with Africa

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U.S. Africa Policy: The Year Ahead

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France’s Africa Policy in Transition: Redeployment and Disengagement

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U.S. Africa Policy—The Year Ahead

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Coups, Civil Wars, Famine, AIDS, and Elephants: Will Reporting Africa for Americans Change?

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South Africa in the Black: A Banker’s View

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The Future of the Sudan

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The View from Uganda

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From Deliverance to Delivery: South Africa’s Second Democratic Government

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The Ethiopia-Eritrea War: A Search for Solutions

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Bullets to Ballots to Barracks: Nigeria's Return to Civilian Government

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African Economies in the Age of Globalization

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Nigeria Returns: America Responds

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War and Peace: Ghana's Perspective on Regional Peacekeeping in West Africa

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Seeking Peace in Sierra Leone

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Getting the Right Mix in Africa: Aid, Trade, Investment, and Debt Reduction

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U.S. Interests in Africa: Today's Challenges and Tomorrow's Opportunities

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A Forecast: South African General Elections in May 1999

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ECOWAS: Priorities for Prosperity

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Crisis in the Congo

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Conference on Democracy, Human Rights, and Good Governance in Africa: French, American, and African Perspectives

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Africa on the U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda: A Follow Up on the President's Trip

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Briefing for the Press on President Clinton's Trip to Africa (March 22-April 2)

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Democracy in Nigeria: A Dream Deferred?

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Regional Economic Cooperation in East Africa

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Turning Point in South Africa: A Review of the ANC's 50th National Conference

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What Next in Central Africa?

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New Africa, New Policy

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An Evening Discussion with Ayo Obe

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Mozambique in the New Millenium

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Democracy or Deadlock: Civil Society and Constitutional Change in Kenya

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Africa's Renaissance: Zimbabwe's Role in the Region and the World

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Doing Business in South Africa

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National Reconciliation, Democracy, and Economic Growth in Southern Africa

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Africa's Outlook for 1997

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An Update on South Africa: Reflections on a Past in Prison and a Present in Power

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Children's Rights in War and Conflict

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Breakfast Discussion on Zaire

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A Luncheon with Julius Nyerere

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Nigeria in Crisis: The State of the Nation

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An Update on Burundi

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An Update on Liberia

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Commercial Engagement: Clinton’s Agenda for Africa in the 21st Century

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An Update on Angola

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An Update on Zaire

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