Category: Event Announcements

Title: A Conversation with Ambassador Herman Cohen, Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

Date Published: November 2, 2020

The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy
The African Studies Program
Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service

cordially invite you to the

A Conversation with
 Former Assistant Secretary of State
for African Affairs

Ambassador Herman Cohen

Moderated by

Professor Lahra Smith
Director, African Studies Program
School of Foreign Service

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Register here

Ambassador Herman J. Cohen

As an ambassador, advisor to Presidents, and a 38 year veteran of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Herman J. Cohen has devoted his entire professional career to African affairs. Over the years, Cohen grew to know every first generation African leader from Mandela, to Mobutu, to Moammar Gaddafi. During his tenure as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during the first Bush Administration, and through his role at the NSC in the Reagan White House, Cohen worked to bring about peaceful Transitions of power in South Africa and Namibia, and helped to end conflicts in Angola, Ethiopia, and Mozambique.

Professor Lahra Smith

Lahra Smith is a Political Scientist with a particular interest in African politics, migration and refugees, and citizenship and equality. Her book,Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender and National Identity in Ethiopia, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. She teaches courses on migration, women and politics and theory and policy in Africa. She is the CSJ Faculty Fellow for African Migration and a research fellow with the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM). Prof. Smith has taught and conducted research in refugee camps in East and Southern Africa, and has ongoing research on civic education programs in Kenya, particularly focused on the role of teachers as active agents of citizen-creation.

This event will have live closed captioning.