Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Priorities and Possibilities in US-Africa Relations: The Future of Diplomatic, Defence and Development Engagements

11 December 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Chatham House, London


Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, US Department of State
Cheryl Anderson, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, US Agency for International Development
Michelle Lenihan, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Principal Director (African Affairs), Office of the Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



In recent months, activity around US-Africa engagement has increased: the Africa Business Summit took place in Washington DC in June, President Donald Trump hosted a lunch with African leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in September and the US State Department held a high-level conference with African foreign ministers and African Union officials in November. Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, also undertook an official visit to Ethiopia, South Sudan and the DRC in October. An October attack on US and Nigerien troops in Niger has brought renewed focus to security in the Sahel and US defence engagements.

At this event, the speakers will discuss US-Africa relations from diplomatic, defence and development perspectives, reflecting on the foundations that drive US engagements with African states.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.