Security Working Group

July 15, 2014    "A Conversation with Brigadier General James Johnson"

At its July 15 meeting, CCA’s Security Working group had the honor of hosting Brigadier General James Johnson, who is currently serving as Director for Logistics at the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), in Stuttgart, Germany. In his present role Brig. Gen. Johnson serves as the principal logistics adviser to General David M. Rodriguez. Brig. Gen. Johnson began the meeting by highlighting his position’s responsibilities, which include deployment, distribution, supply, medical and engineering matters. Brig. Gen. Johnson highlighted recent tabletop exercises led by AFRICOM to address pandemic disaster responses in Africa. He expressed openness to exploring ways to work with members of The Corporate Council on Africa on future events open to the private sector. Read More

May 14, 2014    "Reflections on the Crisis in South Sudan"

On May 14th 2014, CCA’s Security Working Group hosted Ambassador Hiruy Amanuel, Former Chief of Political Affairs, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and current UN advisor to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development Grouping (IGAD) led mediation on the South Sudan conflict. The briefing focused on the timeline of crisis in South Sudan, the key players in the conflict and efforts of regional and international parties to restore peace in the region. Read More

March 27, 2014    "An Analysis of the Trans-Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership (TSCTP)"

On March 27th 2014, CCA’s Security Working Group hosted Lesley Anne Warner, Research Analyst at The Center for Naval Analyses Corporation. The briefing focused on the analysis of the Trans-Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership (TSCTP) in which she highlighted its background, functional areas, planning and implementing challenges as well as recommendations. The TSCTP, the U.S. Government’s multi-year, interagency, and regional initiative, works to strengthen capacity and resilience in Africa’s Sahel and Maghreb regions. The initiative’s goal is to assist governments and communities in the region fight the threat of violent extremist organizations. Ms. Warner outlined the different areas of TSCTP engagement. 

February 19, 2014    "A Close-up View of Security Sector Reform in Côte d’Ivoire 2011-2013"

CCA’s Security Working Group hosted Todd Coker who recently completed a two-year assignment as Security Sector Reform Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.  During his assignment in Cote d’Ivoire, Coker managed the U.S. Government’s initiatives that contributed to the containment of residual conflict, promotion of peace and stability, and the fostering of the restoration of security institutions in that West African nation. Read More