U.S. Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) Security Sector Reform Symposium in Zambia

Lusaka. March 26, 2014.

LUSAKA, Zambia – The United States and Zambia enjoy friendly and deep relations, including through our security cooperation. As part of this cooperation, the U.S. Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) and the newly formed ACSS Zambia Community Chapter, in partnership with the Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (DHIPS) at Copperbelt University and the Embassy of the United States to Zambia, co-hosted a one-day Topical Symposium in Lusaka on national security and security sector reform on March 26, 2014.

The event, part of a three-day series of security-related academic engagement in Lusaka, featured U.S. and Zambian officials and scholars who discussed challenges affecting Zambia and the region.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. David J. Young congratulated the new ACSS Zambia Community Chapter stating, “ The partnership between U.S. and Zambia security officials through the African Center for Strategic Studies structure is symbolic of our two countries’ commitment to deepening cooperation between our two countries. This event helps advance national, regional and global security. ACSS chapters undertake challenging strategic planning and security scenario activities. I commend the Zambia Community Chapter for undertaking this challenge.”

The academic outreach visit to Zambia is part of ACSS efforts to maintain an active network of relationships with ACSS alumni community groups across Africa. Based in Washington, D.C., the Africa Center for Strategic Studies is the pre-eminent U.S. Department of Defense institution for strategic security studies, research and outreach in Africa. ACSS offers a range of academic symposiums, workshops, and programs throughout the United States, Africa and Europe. Since 1999, more than 6,000 African and international leaders have participated in ACSS programs.