Virtual Meeting

Virtual Roundtable: Major Power Rivalry in Africa

Thursday, June 10, 2021
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Speakers

Senior Fellow for Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Mzukisi Qobo

Head, Wits School of Governance, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Presider

General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations

Although major power competition on the African continent is a reality, it should not dominate the Biden administration’s vision for U.S.-Africa relations, argues Michelle Gavin in her new paper Major Power Rivalry in Africa, for the Managing Global Disorder Discussion Paper series. Speakers discuss how the Biden administration can pursue strategic partnerships that align African aspirations and U.S. interests while managing competition with China.

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