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Whitman, Lyman to discuss U.S.-Africa policies, March 31

Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa and Nigeria Princeton Lyman will discuss ways to improve America's policies toward Africa in an event set for 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, in McCosh 10.

Whitman recently co-chaired an independent task force, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, that examined U.S. policies toward Africa. The task force, directed by Lyman, issued a report with recommendations for how U.S. officials can develop more comprehensive policies on economic, diplomatic, intelligence and humanitarian issues in the region.

The discussion, titled "More than Humanitarianism: A Strategic U.S. Approach Toward Africa," will be moderated by Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs and director of the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.

Whitman served as New Jersey's first female governor from 1993 to 2001 and as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003. In 2004, she founded the Whitman Strategy Group, a lobbying and consulting firm that works in the public and private sectors to manage and address policy and regulatory issues. She recently formed a political action committee that aims to elect moderate Republicans at all levels of government.

Lyman, currently a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is also a former assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs. He is an authority on sub-Saharan Africa and issues of economic development; democratization and elections; civil reconstruction; conflict prevention; and HIV/AIDS. He previously served as executive director of the Global Interdependence Initiative at the Aspen Institute and as a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the University's Program in African Studies.

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