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FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series
March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
U.S. Foreign Policy toward Africa: Why Africa Matters
U.S. foreign policy toward Africa has been shaped in the name of national security by a series of interventionist historical events: colonialism, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, 9/11 and the spread of Islamic fundamentalism. U.S. foreign policy toward Africa is treated as a back-burner issue, driven by the Department of State, the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Agency Community, and threatened by a tradition of reduced levels of economic and military aid. The scramble for Africa’s natural resources and markets continues to shape U.S.-Africa policy today.
In an increasingly globalized world where nations are often interdependent, foreign policy is important to our local and global welfare. In the 2020 election year, foreign affairs feature prominently among voters’ concerns, according to a recent Gallup report. International trade, global diplomacy and multilateral relations are far-reaching and impact Montanans locally. To help us understand these connections and how they have evolved and continue to do so, FVCC has invited distinguished experts to share their research and insights on global affairs in 2020. Bring a friend and join us for this intellectually stimulating and informative series. Lectures are free and open to all.
Ambassador Cindy Courville
U.S. ambassador to the African Union
Ambassador Cindy Courville, the first U.S. ambassador to the African Union and former special assistant to the president for African affairs at the National Security Council, will analyze how power politics within the National Security Council determines whether there is an Africa strategy and whether Africa matters. Ambassador Courville is the CEO of Courville Consultants and an expert in international relations, strategic planning and African political, economic and security relations. She earned her Ph.D. and an M.A. in international studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and an M.A. and B.A. in political science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Ambassador Courville currently serves on the Social Science Foundation Board for the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the steering committee for the Leadership Council for Women in National Security.