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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 083-00
February 22, 2000

AFRICA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES TO HOLD PROGRAM REVIEW CONFERENCE

Building on the success of its inaugural seminar in Dakar, Senegal last November, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) plans to bring together in Washington a group of distinguished academic experts and practitioners from Africa, Europe, and the United States to review the center's progress and refine its program. Some 80 delegates have been invited to the event, scheduled for Feb. 22 - 24, 2000.

Following the arrival of conference delegates on Feb. 22, the Program Review Conference begins on Feb. 23 with an overview briefing by Interim Director Nancy J. Walker, followed by a series of meetings and seminars to discuss lessons learned from Dakar as well as the way ahead for the next seminar scheduled for July 2000 in Gaborone, Botswana. Also on Feb. 23, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Franklin D. Kramer will deliver a speech on civil-military relations in Africa. Delegates will depart on Feb. 24.

  • The ACSS is a Department of Defense-sponsored regional center for security studies.
  • Its mission is to engage a mixed group of African civilian and military leaders in a practical academic program focusing on civil-military relations, national and regional security strategy, and defense economics.

According to Walker, "The center's pilot event received excellent reviews from participants and observers alike." The Dakar seminar brought together 115 executive-level civilians, flag-level military officers, and representatives of civil society from Africa, Europe and the United States for two weeks of intense academic work. In all, 50 countries participated in this event.

For more information about the Africa Center, the upcoming Program Review Conference, or the July seminar, please contact the ACSS directly by phone at (703) 602-2837, by fax at (703) 602-2879, or by e-mail at gribbinc@mail.policy.osd.mil.