Africa and the US: past, present and future



6:00 pm - 7:30 pm




£10, free for RAS members

Ambassador Johnnie Carson delivers the Royal African Society’s 2020 Annual Lecture.


Ambassador Carson is one of America’s most distinguished diplomats, devoting the bulk of his career in both Washington and Africa to relations with the continent.  He will provide an overview of relations between the United States and Africa, drawing on his long experience at the heart of State Department policy-making, culminating in his time as Assistant Secretary for Africa under President Obama.


He will explore how the US’s African-American heritage impacts on those relations, and how the Black Lives Matter movement in particular has influenced the situation over the past year.  Following the US elections, he will also look forward to how things might evolve under the new Administration.


This event will be hosted by Zeinab Badawi, Chair of the Royal African Society.

This event will be live-streamed via Zoom and Facebook. The link for the Zoom webinar will be sent to all those that have registered via Eventbrite 2 hours before the stated start time.



Ambassador Johnnie Carson currently serves as a Senior Advisor at the United States Institute of Peace and also as a Senior Advisor at the Albright Stonebridge Group. Ambassador Carson is a former career diplomat who served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during the first administration of President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. In a career that has spanned over forty years, Ambassador Carson has held ambassadorships in three countries: Kenya (1999-2003), Zimbabwe (1995-1997), and Uganda (1991-1994). Earlier in his career, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Staff Director of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Deputy Chief of Mission in Maputo, Mozambique and in Gaborone, Botswana. He has also held assignments at the U.S. embassies in Lisbon, Portugal; London, England; and Lagos, Nigeria. Ambassador Carson earned his B.A. from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and an M.A. Degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Ambassador Carson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Board Member of American Academy of Diplomacy and the National Democratic Institute. He is a member of the International Advisory Council of Afrobarometer.


Tickets: £10 – Non-Royal African Society members

£5 Non-members concession

Free for Royal African Society members


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