Africa Center Topical Outreach Program Series (TOPS)

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 11/30/2009

Swaziland TOPS Group PhotoTOPS is an ACSS program designed to increase the quality and quantity of communications and networking among ACSS alumni, ACSS and U.S. stakeholders and policymakers.

Under TOPS, the ACSS Communications and Community Affairs (CCA) directorate travels to each African country in which an ACSS community chapter exists (and to selected countries where chapter startup is imminent) to conduct topical programs for ACSS communities of interest. The programs in each country range in length from half- or full-day symposiums to multi day programs based on the needs and interests of each community of interest and will be consistent with ACSS standards of academic excellence and relevance. Content of topical programs focuses on U.S. policy and contemporary African security issues and is based on the recommendations of the American Embassy and chapter leadership in each visited country. Learn more about the Communications and Community Affairs (CCA) directorate by visiting our Community pages. In order to increase U.S. government access to ACSS communities of interest in Africa and to expand the pool of experts in TOPS symposiums, CCA is developing partnerships with other USG agencies to promote opportunities for U.S. leaders to meet and engage in two-way communication with ACSS community members and, through the community members, other influential African leaders.

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  • TOPS Symposium, Chad, Djibouti (September 2012)
  • TOPS Symposium, Benin, Nigeria (August 2012)
  • TOPS Symposium, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone (June 2012)
  • TOPS Symposium, Cape Verde, Sao Tomé and Principe, Gabon (May 2012)
  • TOPS Symposium, Accra, Ghana (April 2012)
  • TOPS Symposium, Moroni, Comoros (February 2012)
  • Burkina Faso Community President Visits Africa Center Headquarters





  • TOPS Symposium, Dakar, Senegal (November 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (November 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Cotonou, Benin (November 2008) | Photos
  • TOPS Symposium, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo (November 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (November 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Bujumbura, Burundi (August 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Kampala, Uganda (August 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (June 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Accra, Ghana (June 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Maseru, Lesotho (June 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Gaborone, Botswana (May 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium and Chapter Launch, Port Louis, Mauritius (May 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Antananarivo, Madagascar (May 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Bamako, Mali (February 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Conakry, Guinea (February 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Kampala, Uganda (February 2008)
  • TOPS Symposium, Yaoundé, Cameroon (February 2008)