The U.S. Institute of Peace hosted Ambassador Susan E. Rice, National Security Advisor, on July 30, 2014, to set the scene for the US-Africa Leaders Summit.

During the first week of August 2014, approximately 50 African heads of state will come to Washington for the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. This will be a unique opportunity for President Obama and senior U.S. government officials to interact directly with many of the most influential men and women in Africa. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, national security advisor and a longtime Africa expert, has been deeply involved in planning the Summit.

USIP was pleased to welcome Amb. Rice as she set the scene for the Summit and discussed the administration's goals and expectations for this historic event. Join the conversation on Twitter with #RiceatUSIP.

 

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Huawei’s Expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean: Views from the Region

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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What Sweden’s Accession Shows About NATO’s Future

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