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CAUSE – China, Africa, United States Engagement Round Table Discussion


The Confucius Institute U.S. Center is seeking participants for our upcoming CAUSE- China, Africa, United States Engagement Round Table Discussion. CAUSE is a series of discussions that bring together prominent experts in the field of International Affairs to discuss developments in the dynamic US-China-Africa trilateral relationship. With the recent Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) convening in mind, the next discussion will highlight the major initiatives outlined during the forum focusing specifically on economic development, capacity building, and cultural exchanges.


The discussion aims to create a space for young international affairs professionals, China-Africa
researchers and senior level experts to discuss openly the current status of the field while learning from the perspectives and expertise of each other.


While those who have a general interest in the topic are welcome to participate as a member of the audience, preference for selection as a member of the roundtable will be given to those who are currently working on projects or research directly related to China, Africa, US engagement or who have substantial academic or professional background knowledge of the topic. All participants are expected to engage actively in the discussion.


Early Submission Application Deadline: October 19, 2018

Discussion Date: November 8, 2018
Confucius Institute U.S. Center
1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC

Email Questions to cius@ciuscenter.org


Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao
African Union Ambassador to the United States of America

Ambassador Reuben Brigety II
Dean of George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs
Former U.S. Ambassador to the African Union

Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Congo and Nigeria
Author of The Rise of Africa’s Small & Medium Size Enterprises

Irene Yuan Sun
Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
Author of The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment is Reshaping Africa

Ambassador David Shinn
Former Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia
Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University

Dr. John Paden
Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University

Dr. Stephen O’Connell
Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College
Chief Economist of the United States Agency for International Development – 2014-15

Toochi Ngwangwa
International Law and Policy Fellow, General Electric
Legal Officer, International Senior Lawyers Project