Date of Inception:

September 6, 2006

Number of Members:

65 (as of August 2012)

Chapter Events:

  • TOPS Symposium on “Violent Extremism and De-Radicalization” and on “Disaster Management Following a Terrorist Attack” (February 2011) [Article 1]
  • Capacity-Building Workshop (January 2010) [Article 1]
  • TOPS Symposium on “National Security Strategy, Countering Violent Extremism, and Countering Genocide Ideology” (January 2010) [Article 1]
  • East Africa Chapters Regional Conference on “Developing a Regional Security Strategy for East Africa” (August 2009)
  • TOPS Symposium on “Managing Security Resources” and on “Security and Development” (May 2009)
  • Community Leadership Conference (August 2008)
  • Community Leadership Conference (September 2007)
  • TOPS Symposium on “Media and Security,” on “Developing a National Security Strategy,” and on “Regional Security Integration/Citizenship in the Great Lakes Region” (August 2007)
  • Chapter Launch (September 2006)

Chapter Executive Secretary:

Brigadier General Joseph NZABAMWITA

Recent Promotions:

Brigadier General (Dr.) Richard Rutatina has been appointed Head of Military Intelligence. He previously served as the Military Advisor to President Kagame. Dr. Rutatina has attended several Africa Center programs, including the 2006 Senior Leaders Seminar, and served as a guest speaker at both the 2010 and 2011 TOPS Symposia.

Ambassador Dr. Richard Sezibera has been appointed to a five-year term as Secretary General of the East African Community. He previously served as Rwanda’s Minister of Health. Dr. Sezibera attended the Washington Policy Symposium in May 2001.

Previous Promotions

United States Department of State Background Note – Rwanda