Political change and security in North Africa are focus of full-day conference

March 28, 2013

The Political Science and International Studies department hosts "Political Change and Security in North Africa" 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. April 8 in Decker Auditorium (Lewis Hall of Science). Co-sponsored by CNA Strategic Studies, the full-day conference is free and open to the public.

According to Anouar Boukhars, assistant professor, "The countries of North Africa have experienced considerable political and social upheaval over the past two years. At the same time, violent extremist networks and criminal organizations have grown and are expanding their operations throughout the region. The goal of this conference is to explore the range and scale of challenges that confront the states of North Africa, the United States, and the international community, and to identify policy options for the future."

Janet A. Sanderson, former deputy assistant secretary of state (SAS) for Near East Affairs (2009—2011) will deliver the keynote address. Panel discussions will revolve around efforts to revamp U.S. security interests in North Africa.