This noontime discussion provides an opportunity to explore different approaches to and perspectives on development and progress in Africa.  United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), in concert with other U.S. government agencies and international partners, conducts sustained security engagement through military-to-military programs, military-sponsored activities, and other military operations as directed to promote a stable and secure African environment in support of U.S. foreign policy.  Colonel Lapaix will deliver brief opening remarks, and then open the floor for discussion.  Students of all backgrounds and aspirations should bring their theoretical and field work perspectives about aid, development, military involvement, economic progress, health issues and more.

In 2007, Colonel Lapaix was selected as Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Africa (MARFORAF) and in August 2008 assumed duties and responsibility as the first Chief of Staff and the rare distinction of standing up a MARFOR to support the new sixth geographic combatant command, “U.S. Africa Command”.

Co-sponsored by Columbia SIPA Veteran’s Association (CSVA), SIPA Pan African Network (SPAN), and the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG). Advance registration encouraged via Columbia calendar: