First Africa Center for Strategic Studies Regional Seminar West Africa, 20-24 Aug 01

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) is holding its first Sub-Regional Seminar (SLS) in Accra, Ghana from 20-24 August 2001. With a focus on conflict prevention, the West Africa Seminar will complement ongoing international and local efforts to promote peace and stability in West Africa. More than 80 military officers, civilian officials, parliamentarians and civic leaders from most West African States, three European nations, the United States, the United Nations, ECOWAS, and numerous non-government organizations are expected to attend.

According to ACSS Director, Dr. Nancy J. Walker, "the Africa Center initiated this seminar as part of its larger mission to support democratization and security throughout the continent. The West Africa Seminar is intended to enhance regional capabilities by working with participants to formulate practical, sustainable strategies to prevent conflict." She added that "the theme for this seminar emerged from on-going consultations with African and U.S. Government leaders."

Participating dignitaries will include the new African Union Secretary General, the Honorable Amara Essy; Deputy Commander of U.S. European Command, General Carlton Fulford; United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Ibrahima Fall; ECOWAS Deputy Executive Secretary, General Cheick Oumar Diarra; Ghanaian Minister of Defense, the Honorable Kwame Addo-Kufuor; Ghanaian Attorney General, Nana Akufo-Addo; and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Ambassador Robert Perry; among others. Twelve esteemed academics, practitioners and military officers from Africa, Europe, and the United States will serve as meeting facilitators.

The ACSS is a U.S. Department of Defense-sponsored regional center for security studies. ACSS events unite senior African, European and American civilian officials, military officers, private citizens and representatives of intergovernmental organizations in activities designed to generate critical thinking about African security issues.

The West Africa Seminar will be conducted in partnership with the Government of Ghana. For further information regarding the seminar, please contact Julie Werbel in Ghana at (233) 21 670 119.

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