August 5 Roundtable on Enhancing U.S.-African Security Ties To Be Held in Georgetown

Forum to discuss pertinent multilateral issues on the budding continent to coincide with U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit 2014


Washington D.C. – WEBWIRE – Monday, August 04, 2014

A roundtable of intriguing significance on enhancing U.S.-African Security Ties and allowing innovation to curb globalizing threats will be held on August 5th at 2:30pm (EST), at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Georgetown.

Organized to coincide with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit of 2014, an array of accredited social empowerment, philanthropic and defense and security professionals, including Kalu Ugwuomo Jr. of NEXUS Africa and Ivor Ichikowitz of Paramount Group will address select media, investors and civil society organization members, discussing candidly the myriad security issues facing the African continent and prospects to overcome them. It is a shared belief that both autonomously and through international partnerships, complex challenges can be effectively quelled in Africa, allowing the budding continent to assume a leading position in the global marketplace.

Among the most pertinent of threats today, Mr. Ichikowitz stated, are the continued internal destabilization of South Sudan, coupled with Boko Haram’s endeavors to expand its presence and scope of assaults from Nigeria in to neighboring states throughout the ECOWAS. And, at a time when insurgent factions have become more and more interconnected and therefore organized, subsequently changing the shape and tactics of terror, the roundtable participants will discuss the collaborative work of key African governments, the United States and the international community to safeguard the territorial integrity of countries across the continent and promote indigenous innovation in the security sphere.

“Given the upswing in cross-border threats to stability in emerging states in Africa,” Ichikowitz stated, “…it is becoming increasingly vital to deploy pragmatic solutions, both through social empowerment to aggrieved communities and via peace-keeping deterrence, in order to protect citizenries.” He also stressed the importance of employing indigenously, empowering those that have a vested interest in fostering and ensuring peace in their communities.

“Africa is on the cusp of dynamic growth. Often such development is viewed as lopsidedly beneficial to international actors, which in turn causes grievances locally,” Ugwuomo remarked.

“The divide between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ can serve as a catalyst for indoctrination in to cabals that threaten to destabilize even the most ambitious of global actors. Understanding these grievances and connecting that understanding with a tangible application for resolution has never been more pertinent, so as to ensure the forward trajectory of the continent”.

As Africa garners increased attention as an emerging destination for foreign direct investment, the mounting security threats on the continent are raising questions about how local governments and the international community should interface to effectively manage these issues in order to ensure stability and continued growth. The August 5th roundtable in Georgetown will explore current trends and potential solutions in tackling collaboratively these substantial geopolitical and commercial issues.

Editor’s Note : For additional information about the roundtable, please contact organizer Marshall Comins at the details listed above. 



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