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.

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Nigeria Follow-Up Session

Speaker Gwendolyn Mikell
March 24, 2003

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Supporting African Conflict Resolution

Presider Gwendolyn MikellCouncil on Foreign Relations
December 4, 2002

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New Partnership for Africa's Development

Presider Gwendolyn MikellCouncil on Foreign Relations
November 14, 2002

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Prospects for Peace in the Sudan

Speakers John PrendergastInternational Crises Group, Randolph MartinInternational Rescue Committee
Presider Robert P. DeVecchi
April 4, 2002

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

Speaker Cheikh Tidiane GadioForeign Minister of Senegal
Presiders Gwendolyn Mikell, Frank Savage
March 26, 2002

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A Discussion of Recent Developments in Somalia

Speaker Yusuf Hassan IbrahimMinister of Foreign Affairs of Somalia
Presider Gwendolyn Mikell
March 19, 2002

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Recent Developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Speaker Leonard She OkitunduMinister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Presider Gwendolyn Mikell
February 19, 2002

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

Speakers Malik ChakaProfessional Staff Member, U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, Donald R. NorlandU.S. Ambassador to Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland (1976–79)
Panelists Gwendolyn MikellNew York Chair; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Joseph BarnesHouston Chair; Research Fellow, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University
Presider Gwendolyn Mikell
January 29, 2002

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America's Response to Terrorism: Fundamentalist Movements in Africa

Speaker John VollCenter for Muslim/Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
Presiders Rachel Bronson, Gwendolyn Mikell
December 5, 2001

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A Conversation with Jendayi Frazer

Speaker Jendayi E. FrazerSpecial Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, International Affairs Fellow (1998-99), National Security Council
Presider Gwendolyn Mikell
May 14, 2001

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Constructing an African Policy

Speaker Gwendolyn Mikell
April 12, 2001

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

Speakers Ibrahim WaniActing Dean and Senior Adviser, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Papa Khalilou FallSecretary General, l’Accord de Non-Aggression et de Defense (ANAD) Mission
Presider Gwendolyn MikellAdjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
April 9, 2001

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Constructing and Africa Policy

Presider Gwendolyn Mikell
March 26, 2001

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Shaping the Dialogue: Shaping the Future

Speaker Etienne TshisekediCongolese Opposition Leader
Presider Gwendolyn Mikell
March 8, 2001

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Republicans and Democrats Discuss Trade and Security

Speaker Walter H. KansteinerForum for International Policy
Panelist Gwendolyn Mikell
September 11, 2000

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American Interest in Investing in Africa's Future

Speaker Jeff GriffinOverseas Private Investment Corporation
Presider H. Carl McCallComptroller for N.Y. State
March 29, 2000

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

Speaker Aubrey HooksSpecial Coordinator, the African Crisis Response Initiative
February 10, 2000

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Promoting Security in Africa—The U.S. Contribution

Speaker Aubrey HooksSpecial Coordinator, African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI), U.S. Department of State
Presider Gwendolyn MikellAdjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
February 10, 2000

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Recent Events in the Ivory Coast

Speaker Alassane D. OuattaraPresident, Rassemblement des Républicains
Presider Donald M. PayneCongressman(D-N.J.)
February 9, 2000

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The Road to Peace in the Congo

Speaker Ernest Wamba dia WambaPresident, Rally for Congolese Democracy—Mouvement de Libération
Presider Gwendolyn MikellAdjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
February 2, 2000

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American Interests in Expanding Trade with Africa

Speaker Rosa M. WhitakerAssistant Trade Representative for Africa, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Presider Ernest G. GreenLehman Brothers
January 24, 2000

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U.S. Africa Policy: The Year Ahead

Speaker Susan E. RiceAssistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Presider Gay J. McDougallInternational Human Rights Law Group
December 16, 1999

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France’s Africa Policy in Transition: Redeployment and Disengagement

Speaker Guy MartinAssociate Professor, Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
Presider Herschelle S. ChallenorClark Atlanta University
November 18, 1999

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U.S. Africa Policy—The Year Ahead

Speaker Gayle SmithSpecial Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council
Presider Frank SavageChairman, Alliance Capital Management International
November 16, 1999

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

Speaker Lynne DukeNew York Bureau Chief, Washington Post
Presider Marcus MabryEdward R. Murrow Press Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
October 19, 1999

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South Africa in the Black: A Banker’s View

Speaker Tito MboweniGovernor, South African Reserve Bank
Presider William J. McDonoughPresident, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
October 4, 1999

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The Future of the Sudan

Speaker John GarangChairman, Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA)
Presiders Francis Deng, Salih BookerThe Brookings Institution
September 21, 1999

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The View from Uganda

Speaker Eriya T. KategayaFirst Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Uganda
Presider Jendayi E. FrazerNational Security Council, White House
September 17, 1999

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

Speaker Sheila SisuluAmbassador of the Republic of South Africa
Presider Ernest G. GreenManaging Director of Public Finance, Lehman Brothers
September 8, 1999

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The Ethiopia-Eritrea War: A Search for Solutions

Speakers John PrendergastU.S. Institute of Peace, Paul CollierThe World Bank
Presider Salih Booker
May 26, 1999

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

Speakers Abdul OrohCivil Liberties Organization, Clement NwankwoConstitutional Rights Project
Presider Salih Booker
May 24, 1999

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African Economies in the Age of Globalization

Speaker Alassane D. OuattaraInternational Monetary Fund
Presider Vincent A. Mai
March 25, 1999

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Nigeria Returns: America Responds

Speaker Thomas R. PickeringUndersecretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Presider Walter C. CarringtonFellow, W.E.B. Dubois Institute, Harvard University
March 11, 1999

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

Speaker Jerry John RawlingsPresident of Ghana
Presider Julia Vadala Taft
February 25, 1999

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Seeking Peace in Sierra Leone

Speaker Omrie Michael GolleyRevolutionary United Front (RUF)
Presider Salih Booker
February 4, 1999

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

Speaker Kingsley Y. AmoakoEconomic Commission for Africa
Presider Willene Johnson
January 15, 1999

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

Speaker Susan E. RiceAssistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Presider Frank Savage
November 19, 1998

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A Forecast: South African General Elections in May 1999

Speaker Roger SouthallRhodes University, South Africa
Presider Salih Booker
November 3, 1998

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ECOWAS: Priorities for Prosperity

Speaker Lansana KouyateEconomic Community of West African States
Presider Jennifer C. Ward
October 5, 1998

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Crisis in the Congo

Speaker Jacques DepelchinCongolese Democracy Movement
Presider Salih Booker
September 29, 1998

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

Panelists Carl S. GershmanNational Endowment for Democracy, Salih BookerNational Endowment for Democracy
June 3, 1998

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

Speaker Samuel R. BergerNational Security Council
Presider Salih Booker
April 13, 1998

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

Speakers Adotei AkweiAmnesty International, Cherri D. WatersInterAction, Mike WilliamsOffice of Congressman McDermott
Presider Salih BookerSenior Fellow, Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
March 17, 1998

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Democracy in Nigeria: A Dream Deferred?

Speakers Walter C. CarringtonHarvard University, Anthony EnahoroNational Democratic Coalition of Nigeria
Presider Pauline H. Baker
February 26, 1998

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Regional Economic Cooperation in East Africa

Speakers Nicholas BiwottKenya, Francis MuthauraMinister for East Africa and Regional Cooperation, East Africa Cooperation, Jakaya KikweteForeign Minister, Tanzania
Presider Salih Booker
February 11, 1998

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

Speaker Moeletsi MbekiKMM Investments
Presider Tami Hultman
January 22, 1998

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What Next in Central Africa?

Speaker George NzongolaHoward University
Presider Cherri D. Waters
December 17, 1997

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New Africa, New Policy

Speaker Susan E. RiceU.S. Department of State
Presider David C. Miller Jr.
December 2, 1997

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An Evening Discussion with Ayo Obe

Speaker Ayo ObeCivil Liberties Organization, Nigeria
Presider Gwendolyn Mikell
Discussant Peter EkehAssociation of Nigerians for Dialogue
October 27, 1997

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Mozambique in the New Millenium

Speaker Joaquim A. ChissanoPresident of Mozambique
Presider Thomas Corcoran Barry
October 21, 1997

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Democracy or Deadlock: Civil Society and Constitutional Change in Kenya

Speakers Willy MutungaNational Convention Executive Council, Timothy NjoyaNational Convention Executive Council
Presider Salih Booker
September 30, 1997

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

Speaker Robert Gabriel MugabePresident of Zimbabwe
Presider Jesse L. Jackson Sr.
September 23, 1997

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Doing Business in South Africa

Speaker Millard W. ArnoldU.S. Department of Commerce
Presider Edward T. Cloonan
September 9, 1997

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National Reconciliation, Democracy, and Economic Growth in Southern Africa

Speaker Sam NujomaPresident, Namibia
Presider Maurice Tempelsman
May 22, 1997

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Africa's Outlook for 1997

Speaker Salim Ahmed SalimOrganization of African Unity
Presider Vivian Lowery Derryck
January 13, 1997

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

Speaker Ahmed M. KathradaNational Assembly of South Africa
Presider Gay J. McDougall
November 13, 1996

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Children's Rights in War and Conflict

Speaker Graca MachelExpert of the U.N. Secretary General, U.N. Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children
Presider Salih Booker
November 12, 1996

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Breakfast Discussion on Zaire

Speaker Jacques DepelchinJohn D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Presider Salih Booker
November 8, 1996

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A Luncheon with Julius Nyerere

Speaker Julius NyererePresident of Tanzania
Presider Howard Wolpe
September 26, 1996

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Nigeria in Crisis: The State of the Nation

Speaker Wole Soyinkaauthor, Visiting Professor of African American Studies, Emory University
Presider Henry Louis Gates Jr.
September 19, 1996

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An Update on Burundi

Speaker Howard WolpeThe Brookings Institution
September 12, 1996

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An Update on Liberia

Speakers Susan E. RiceNational Security Council, D. Elwood DunnUniversity of the South, Pierre PontInternational Committee of the Red Cross, Ellen JohnsonU.N. Development Program
Presider J. Reed KramerallAfrica.com
June 26, 1996

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

Speaker Ronald H. BrownU.S. Department of Commerce
Presider Theodore C. Sorensen
March 27, 1996

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An Update on Angola

Speakers William MinterAfrica Policy Information Center, Edmund DejarnetteU.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce
Presider Salih Booker
March 26, 1996

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An Update on Zaire

Speaker Leon Kengo Wa DondoPrime Minstry, Zaire
Presider Pauline H. Baker
March 20, 1996

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