Professor Pearl T. Robinson
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Great Decisions Series | The U.S. and Africa: Democratization, Peacekeeping, and Countering Extremism in the 21st Century

Date & Time

Sept. 24, 2015 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street Watertown, MA 02472
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Dr. Pearl T. Robinson

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Current Affairs


Michael Pizziferri (, 617-542-8995)

The United States’ long and complicated history with the African continent has grown ever more tumultuous in the new millennium. Now home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies, traditional goals of promoting peace and democracy are fast being replaced by a desire to invest and engage African nations economically.

Despite new challenges and opportunities, U.S. Africa policy has remained in flux under President Obama. The growing threat of Islamic extremism in both the Western and Eastern parts of the continent has further complicated American foreign policy. Join WorldBoston in welcoming Dr. Pearl Robinson, distinguished professor of African and Comparative Politics at Tufts University for a discussion on U.S. Policy in Africa and the challenges and opportunities present in the second decade of the 21st century. How has American policy shifted in response to the growing threat posed by Islamic extremism in Africa? How are the United States and its policies perceived by Africans and their leaders? Will President Obama leave a lasting legacy, or will the next U.S. President continue the historically unfocused policy toward Africa?

Discuss these questions and more at the next installment of our Great Decisions discussion series. Food and refreshments will be served.