GMF brings together hundreds of policymakers, elected officials, academics, and business leaders from around the world to discuss topics from energy to migration, economics to security, urban growth to diplomacy.
From Past to Present: Renewing U.S., EU, and African Relations
September 29, 2015 |12:00PM to 2:00PM CEST
Dr. Adekeye Adebajo, Executive Director, Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR)
Dr. Cristiana Barrios, Senior Analyst, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
Ambassador Patrick Gomes, Secretary-General, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)
Ms. Kristin de Peyron, Head of Division, Pan-African Affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS)
Ms. Madeleine Goerg, Program Officer, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
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The historical ties between the EU and Africa have undergone significant change in the past decade. While development aid remains an instrument for engagement with African countries, security concerns and economic relations have gained traction. Counter-terrorism measures and migration issues have come to the fore in recent years. While the EU, as a bloc, remains Africa’s largest trading partner, it is facing increasing competitive pressures from the United States and emerging countries, most notably China. The economic crisis and struggles over regional integration in Europe have further undermined the EU’s normative leadership in the region. After a hands-off first term, U.S. President Barack Obama paid closer attention to U.S.-Africa relations in his second term. Similar to the EU, greater emphasis has been placed on security cooperation and economic relations.
While the United States and the EU partner in addressing national and regional security challenges in Africa, they at times find themselves as competitors in the economic realm. Managing the complexities of this relationship will be instrumental to their engagement with African countries and transatlantic relations. African countries have also become more assertive in the past decade and are banking on both regional and continental solutions to development issues, as well as a wide array of international partnerships. How African states navigate old and new partnerships will be crucial to redefining relations with the United States and the EU.
This roundtable discussion, held under the Chatham House Rule, will bring together representatives and experts from the EU and Africa to debate ongoing issues in the region, to explore ways to foster cooperation, and to discuss deepening multilateral collaboration to address global and regional issues.
Please join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion.