Established in 2001, the African Union (AU) represents all African countries in the pursuit of economic development, human rights and security, and good governance. Africa is the youngest continent in the world with a booming population and several emerging economies, representing both immense potential and a serious challenge. 

In this episode, guest speaker Ambassador Reuben Brigety, the former US Ambassador to the African Union and current Dean of the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, discusses his experience representing the US within the AU. Ambassador Brigety also explains why he is optimistic about the future of the AU in terms of economic development and interstate relations. However, he cautions that lack of serious US engagement with African nations could undermine US interests on the continent.

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Jean-Bernard is a second-year graduate student in the International Affairs MA program at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He focuses on nuclear policy and international security studies. Jean-Bernard is a contributing writer to the International Affairs Review. He graduated from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida with a BA in History and Political Science. Before enrolling in the MA program, he interned on Capitol Hill and worked for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, DC.