15 June 2021, 15:30 - 17:00hrs (CEST)
Online Discussion: US Africa Policy – New Priorities under President Biden?

The new US president Joe Biden has promised a fundamental change in American foreign policy after the Trump years. Biden’s presidency is therefore also associated with considerable expectations on the African continent. Whether the new US administration can actually fulfill these hopes could be determined by five key issues: Cooperation in strengthening democracy, conflict resolution, the fight against climate change, efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, and economic cooperation.

The event highlighted the initial changes in US Africa policy, the expectations of African countries, and the potential for cooperation between Africa, the United States, and Europe. What new impulses are emanating from the Biden administration? How do the interests and approaches of Africa, the US and the EU converge? And which conflicts will the US primarily turn its attention to?


These and other questions are the focus of this online discussion, to which the German Africa Foundation and the GIGA cordially invited.



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Welcome Remarks:

Prof Dr Matthias Basedau, Director, GIGA Institut for African Affairs



Robert Dölger, Ambassador, Regional Representative for Sub-Saharan Africa, Federal Foreign Office

Dr Paul-Simon Handy, Senior Regional Adviser, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria

Elisabeth Shackelford, Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Dr Christian von Soest, Lead Research Fellow Head of GIGA Research Programme 2 “Peace and Security”, GIGA Institute for African Affairs



David Schwake, SecretaryGeneral, German Africa Foundation


Reading reference:
Soest, Christian von (2021). “The End of Apathy: The New Africa Policy under Joe Biden.” GIGA Focus Africa, no. 2 The End of Apathy: The New Africa Policy under Joe Biden (giga-hamburg.de).


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