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Online Event: CSIS Debate Series: Do Human Rights Protections Advance Counter-terrorism Objectives?

May 4, 2020 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT

On the event date, scroll down to the embedded SurveyMonkey link to vote live on key arguments presented.

Does democracy foster economic growth? Do human rights protections advance counterterrorism objectives? Does great power competition hurt or empower the continent? Does the U.S. even need a foreign policy for sub-Saharan Africa? Since the 1990s, there generally has been consensus about U.S. priorities and policies toward the region. While continuity has its merits, it also acts as a brake on creativity, innovation, and new thinking about U.S. interests in sub-Saharan Africa. The CSIS Africa Debate Series offers an opportunity to question and refine policy objectives to meet a changing political landscape.

Join the CSIS Africa Program online for our third debate on May 4th, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am EDT. CSIS will pose the question, “Do human rights protections advance counter-terrorism objectives?” Experts will face off to discuss the relationship between human rights protections and counter-terrorism objectives in sub-Saharan Africa and to open a dialogue on a new framework for U.S. foreign policy toward Africa. As an audience member, you get to vote live on key debate points via the SurveyMonkey poll below. Save the date, register, and subscribe to the CSIS Africa Program distribution list to receive updates on the Debate Series.

This event is made possible through the generous support of Open Society Foundations.

Event Partners


Judd Devermont

Deputy Director for Advocacy and Government Relations, Amnesty International USA
Senior Research Advisor, Institute for Security Studies (ISS); Former Foreign Correspondent, BBC News