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AU Hosts Discussion on the Future of U.S.-Africa Relations

WHAT:  “Africa Policy for the Obama Administration,” a roundtable discussion on the future of U.S. policy in Africa

WHO: David Dunn, former U.S. ambassador to Togo, Burundi, Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia, and South Africa and director of the State Department’s Office of East African Affairs

Nicole Lee, executive director, TransAfrica Forum

Dr. Howard Wolpe, director, Woodrow Wilson Center’s Africa Program, former congressman and presidential special envoy to the Great Lakes Region

Carl LeVan, moderator, professor of African studies, chair of Council on African Studies, American University

WHEN: 6–7:45 p.m. Wednesday, November 19

WHERE:  Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

MEDIA:  Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—American University’s Council on African Studies in the School of International Service (SIS) will host a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, November 19, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the future of U.S.-Africa relations in the Obama administration.  The discussion, titled “Africa Policy for the Obama Administration,” will take place in AU’s Kay Spiritual Life Center.

The panel will feature leading experts in U.S. policy for Africa, including David Dunn, a former ambassador to several African nations; Nicole Lee, executive director of the human rights organization TransAfrica Forum; and Dr. Howard Wolpe, a seven-term congressman and Africa scholar.  SIS professor Carl LeVan will moderate the discussion.  LeVan serves as chair of the Council on African Studies and the Africa coordinator for the Comparative and Regional Studies Program.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.