Johns Hopkins SAIS to host "Policy Roundtable: Prospects for U.S.-China-Africa Relations in the Trump Era," on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

“Policy Roundtable: Prospects for U.S.-China-Africa Relations in the Trump Era,” will be hosted by the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
At the start of Barack Obama’s presidency in 2009, China surpassed the United States as Africa’s top trade partner. As Chinese engagement in Africa continued to diversify, President Obama ushered in an Africa foreign policy that included high-profile diplomatic events such as the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit as well as new economic commitments under Power Africa and Trade Africa.
Now, early signs in Donald Trump’s presidency indicate the United States will likely retreat from Africa under an “America First” foreign policy. The policy roundtable with experts from the public and private sectors will explore the future of U.S.-China-Africa relations in an evolving geopolitical landscape.
Policymakers and practitioners will address:

  • How will the respective roles of the United States and China in Africa change under these circumstances?
  • Will existing opportunities for constructive trilateral collaboration remain, or will they need to be modified?
  • How will African countries respond to these shifts?

John Goodman
Associate Director of the Conflict Resolution Program, The Carter Center
Mima Nedelcovych
President and CEO, Initiative for Global Development
Bobby Pittman
Managing Partner, Kupanda Capital
Leocadia Zak
Former Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Yun Sun
Senior Associate with the East Asia Program, Stimson Center
Time and Date
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
A light lunch will be served from 11:00 am to 12:00 p.m. The roundtable discussion will begin at 12 p.m.
Johns Hopkins SAIS

Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can RSVP through the online registration form. Camera setup will only be permitted from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Media Contacts
Stacy A. Anderson (for logistic inquiries)
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile
Winslow Robertson (for agenda inquiries)
Communications Assistant
China-Africa Research Initiative
About the SAIS China Africa Research Initiative
The SAIS China Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) launched in 2014 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) to promote evidence-based understanding of the relations between China and African countries through high quality data collection, field research, conferences, and collaboration.
The mission of SAIS-CARI is promoting research, conducting evidence-based analysis, fostering collaboration, and training future leaders to better understand the economic and political dimensions of China-Africa relations and their implications for human security and global development.
For more information, visit the China-Africa Research Initiative or @SaisCari
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world.
For more information, visit or @SAISHopkins

Monday, April 17, 2017