Peace and Security Issues at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

Chinese and African political leaders met last year in Senegal for the eighth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). On January 19, USIP hosted a discussion on the key takeaways from FOCAC 2021, China's long-term strategy in Africa's peace and security landscape, how China's bilateral relationships in Africa affect conflict dynamics — for example, in Ethiopia, where China has played an outsized economic role — and what it all means for U.S. foreign policy.


Lise Grande, opening remarks President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

Abdul Hakeem Ajijola Chair, African Union Cyber Security Expert Group 

Garth le Pere Professor, University of Pretoria; Senior Associate, Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection

Heather Ashby, moderator Senior Program Officer, Strategic Security and Stability, U.S. Institute of Peace

Joseph Sany, closing remarks Vice President, Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace


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