Washington, DC Event of Interest – Africa Symposium 2020: Advancing Africa’s Governance, Peace, and Security (March 11, 2020)


This event in Washington, DC may be of interest to ISOA Members, especially those planning to attend ISOA’s Stuttgart, Germany Conference April 6-8, 2020.

Join the Institute for Defense Analyses, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Wilson Center Africa Program on Wednesday, March 11 for the Africa Symposium 2020, “Advancing Africa’s Governance, Peace, and Security.”


In 2020 Africa embarks on its fourth decade of political and economic liberalization. Over the last 30 years, many nations of the continent have moved beyond reliance on military governments and controlled economies. Many have moved into the middle-income category, established norms for elections and political stability, and created institutions to manage conflicts.

But, with 54 countries, Africa’s progress is uneven. Africa embarks on the next decade with uncertainty over the democratic dividend and new challenges to peace and security. At the same time, there are new internal and international stakeholders that test the status quo and demand a share of Africa’s future. Each of these factors has implications for the U.S. government’s engagement with Africa and its strategic interests on the continent. Africa Symposium 2020 will reflect on the democratic dividend; Africa’s conflict management mechanisms; important stakeholders, such as women and youth; and Africa’s evolving international relations.

This event is co-sponsored with the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.


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