"Mega Trends Impacting Africa," AMB Johnnie Carson

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"Mega Trends Impacting Africa," AMB Johnnie Carson

Bildner Distinguished Fellow in International Affairs and Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)
Intended Audience(s): Public

Mega Trends Impacting Africa 
Africa is a large, diverse and dynamic continent and it is changing rapidly.  Ambassador Carson, America’s former top diplomat for Africa,  will talk about ten major trends that are  shaping and redefining the continent’s future. Some are the result of positive developments that attract little attention. Others may represent enormous new challenges to a continent that continues to modernize and raise its  status in the global community.  

Ambassador Johnnie Carson was sworn in as assistant secretary of state for the bureau of African affairs, on May 7, 2009. Prior to this he was the national intelligence officer for Africa at the National Intelligence Council, after serving as the senior vice president of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. (2003-2006).

Carson's 37-year foreign service career includes ambassadorships to Kenya (1999-2003), Zimbabwe (1995-1997), and Uganda (1991-1994); and principal deputy assistant secretary for the bureau of African Affairs (1997-1999). Earlier in his career he had assignments in Portugal (1982-1986), Botswana (1986-1990), Mozambique (1975-1978), and Nigeria (1969-1971). He has also served as desk officer in the Africa section at State's bureau of intelligence and research (1971-1974); staff officer for the secretary of state (1978-1979), and staff director for the Africa Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives (1979-1982).

Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Carson was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania from 1965-1968. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Drake University and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the School of Oriental and Africa Studies at the University of London.

Ambassador Carson is the recipient of several Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State and a Meritorious Service Award from Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The Centers for Disease Control presented Ambassador Carson its highest award, "Champion of Prevention Award," for his leadership in directing the U.S. Government's HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in Kenya.

Ambassador Carson is teaching a seminar in the Government Department during the spring term, "U.S. Policy in Africa and the Great Challenges Africa Faces in the Future" and will be in residence at the Dickey Center as the Allen Bildner Distinguished Fellow in International Affairs at the Dickey Center for International Understanding. 

For more information, contact:
Sharon Tribou-St. Martin

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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