ADVISORY: U.S. Presidential Candidate Surrogates to Debate U.S.-Africa Policy at AAI’s Conversations on Africa
For the first time in the 2016 presidential election campaign, representatives from the leading U.S. presidential campaigns from both parties will debate their candidate’s position on U.S.-Africa policy at a panel discussion Beyond the Obama Administration: What Can We Expect for Africa?”, on April 21 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM on Capitol Hill.
The presidential candidate representatives will lay out their candidate’s position on three main areas of U.S.-Africa policy: security, development assistance, and investment, as well as their vision for U.S. engagement with sub-Saharan Africa. Carol Pineau, award-winning producer, journalist and Principal at Envision Strategy, will moderate what is expected to be a spirited and substantive policy discussion.
The panel discussion, hosted by The Africa-America Institute (AAI), is part of a daylong Conversations on Africa (COA), which will take place at B-338 Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
The Conversations, Looking Ahead: Setting American Policy in Africa for the Next U.S. President, offers a platform for Congressional leaders, U.S. Government officials, policy experts and members of the African Diplomatic Corps to reflect on the White House’s legacy on engagement with Africa and propose U.S.-Africa policy priorities for the next Administration.
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Representatives from the five major presidential campaign:
- Donald Trump campaign – Jeffrey “J.D.” Gordon, communications expert and foreign policy and national security expert
- Ted Cruz campaign – Michael Ledeen, Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and adviser to the Ted Cruz Presidential Campaign
- John Kasich campaign – Ambassador Herman Jay Cohen, former U. S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
- Secretary Hillary R. Clinton campaign – Michelle Gavin, diplomat and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
- Senator Bernie Sanders campaign – Wala Blegay, attorney and community activist
Moderator: Carol Pineau, award-winning producer, journalist and Principal at Envision Strategy
WHEN: April 21, 2016 – 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
WHERE: B-338 Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC
MORE INFO: For press credentials and more information, please contact Shanta Bryant Gyan at email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-412-4603. Visit the Conversations on Africa Event Page for a full line up of the Conversations on Africa agenda.
**Media accreditation is required to cover the Conversations on Africa forum.
ABOUT AAI: Founded in 1953, The Africa-America Institute (AAI) is a premier U.S.-based international organization dedicated to strengthening human capacity of Africans and promoting the continent’s development through higher education and skills training, convening activities, program implementation and management. Learn more atwww.aaionline.org.