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Mrs. Ronda Dove
Administrative Assistant

P:  (540) 464-7361
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Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

Program Agenda

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3 November - Thursday 
11:30 a.m.    Registration and Buffet Lunch 

1:00 p.m. 

Opening Session  

  • Welcoming Remarks 
    General J. H. Binford Peay III, U.S. Army (Retired),Superintendent, Virginia Military Institute 
  • Keynote Remarks 
    • Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa in the Office of the Secretary of Defense
    • Todd Moss, Ph.D., Vice President for Programs and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development 

2:25 p.m. 

Panel One 
Africa’s Interest: What the U.S. and China mean for Africa’s Development 
Chair: Donald L. Sparks, Ph. D., Professor of International Economics, School of Business Administration, The Citadel 

  • H.E. Sheila Siwela, Ambassador of Zambia to the United States  
  • Soji Adelaja, Ph. D., Professor, Land Policy, Director of the Land Policy Institute, Michigan State University 
  • Discussant: Narcisse Tiky, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Residence, University of Connecticut at Storrs and Research Associate, John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University 

4:00 p.m. 

Panel Two 
U.S. and Chinese Interest in Africa: Competitors or Collaborators?

Chair: Charles Horner, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute 

  • Raymond Gilpin, Ph. D., Associate Vice President, Sustainable Economies Centers of Innovation, United States Institute of Peace 
  • Howard Sanborn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, International Studies and Political Science, Virginia Military Institute
  • Yun Sun, visiting fellow at the Center for Northeast Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
  • Discussant: Ambassador Priscilla A. Clapp (Retired) 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Reception: Cultural Music and Marketplace from Sub-Saharan Africa (extra registration)
Performance by Mamadou Diabate, kora master musician and 2009 GRAMMY Award winner.

7:45 p.m.     Keynote Remarks
Major General Donald Christopher Leins, Deputy Director,
Politico-Military Affairs (Africa), Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J5
4 November - Friday  

8:00 a.m.  

Breakfast and Registration 

9:00 a.m. 

Panel Three 
U.S. Approaches to Sustainable Development in Africa
Chair: Paul Hebert, Ph. D., Winner of the Jonathan M. Daniels Humanitarian Award, VMI 2011

  • Christopher LaMonica, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the United States Coast Guard Academy
  • Lieutenant Colonel Nancy Jean-Louis, US Army , U.S. Africa Command Military Representative, USAID
  • Discussant: Aaron Tesfaye, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, William Patterson University 

10:00 a.m.    

Panel Four 
War & Peace in Africa

Chair: Ambassador Louis J. Nigro, Jr., (Retired), Ph.D., Former U.S. Ambassador to Chad, 2007-1010 

  • Reuben Brigety, Ph. D., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S. Department of State 
  • Colonel James Hentz, Ph. D., Professor and Chair, Department of International Studies, Virginia Military Institute   

11:00 a.m.   

Panel Five 
China and U.S. Strategic Relationships with Africa 

Chair: Hongchu Fu, Ph.D., Professor of Chinese Language & Literature and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures, Washington and Lee University  

  • Ian Taylor, Ph.D., Professor, School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, U.K. 
  • Colonel Tom Sheperd, USA, Director of African Studies, Department of National Security and Strategy, US Army War College  

12:00 p.m. 

Luncheon - Keynote Speaker
Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, U. S. Department of State 

1:30 p.m. 

Panel Six 
U.S. and China in Africa: Advancing the Diplomatic Agenda 

Chair: TBA

  • J. Peter Pham, Ph. D., Director, Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, Atlantic Council
  • David Shinn, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University 

2:45 p.m. 

Panel Seven 
Chinese Approaches to Sustainable Development in Africa 

Chair: Yoon Jung Park, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate,
Rhodes University

  • Deborah Bräutigam, Ph. D., author, The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Joseph Riley, Jefferson Scholar, University of Virginia, Class of 2013

4:30 p.m.     

Parade - VMI Corps of Cadets