On Thursday, February 21, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings (AGI) and the Congressional African Staff Association (CASA) hosted a briefing for congressional staffers on the current crisis in Mali and North Africa. Panelists included: Susanna Wing, associate professor of political science at Haverford College, and Nasser Weddady, director of civil rights outreach at the American Islamic Congress. AGI Director Mwangi S. Kimenyi moderated the briefing.
This event is part of the Africa Policy Dialogue on the Hill, a monthly congressional briefing hosted by AGI and CASA on topical issues relevant to Africa’s growth and security.
MR. DIAKABANA: So, good morning and welcome to the African Dialogue on the Hill. I’m Cedric Diakabana. I’m a staff member in the office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.
We will get an African perspective on Africa issues as well as those of outside experts. This is a monthly co-presentation by the Confessional African Staff Association, or CASA, and the African Growth Initiative of the Brookings Institution.
For those who know CASA, we’re a bipartisan, bicameral association of staff members who seek to educate our colleagues on today’s substantive Africa issues, on the continent or within the great African Diaspora through panel discussions, briefings and other events with decision-makers and officials involved in African policy.
On February 21, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings (AGI) and the Congressional African Staff Association (CASA) hosted a breakfast briefing on Capitol Hill focusing on the current crisis in Mali and North Africa.
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