ADVISORY: U.S. Presidential Candidate Surrogates to Debate U.S.-Africa Policy at AAI’s Conversations on Africa

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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.



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 Cohenformer U. S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
  • Secretary Hillary R. Clinton campaign – Michelle Gavindiplomat and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
  • Senator Bernie Sanders campaign – Wala Blegayattorney and community activist




Moderator: Carol Pineauaward-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

For press credentials and more information, please contact Shanta Bryant Gyan at email, 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.

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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


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