The Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) is hosting 30 U.S. government officials at its “Introduction to African Security Issues” seminar in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 10-13, 2012, where they discuss political, social, military, and economic aspects of security in Africa and major U.S. policies and programs on the continent.
The seminar, scheduled twice a year, is intended for U.S. government officials and employees who have been newly or recently assigned to duties related to U.S. security relationships in Africa.
Seminar attendee include civilian and uniformed military officials from the Department of Defense’s Joint Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy), U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Department of the Army, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the National Guard. The seminar also includes representatives from the U.S. Department of State and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
During the four-day seminar, participants were scheduled to discuss Africa’s history and politics, as well as the economic challenges the continent faces. In addition to Africa Center faculty and leadership, guest speakers include scholars from Georgetown University, the Center for Global Development, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and American University. Senior officials from the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Defense also were scheduled to address the audience.
ACSS is the pre-eminent Department of Defense institution for strategic security studies, research, and outreach in Africa. ACSS offers a range of academic symposiums, workshops, and programs throughout Africa, the United States, and Europe. Since 1999, more than 12,000 African and international leaders and security stakeholders have participated in ACSS programs.