Ambassador Herman Cohen
For most of us Africa remains a conundrum. Piracy. Poverty. Political thuggery. Yet during fifty years of wars, plagues, famines, and genocides, the population has quadrupled to 1 billion people. Where is Africa going? What can we expect ?
Our speaker, Ambassador Herman J. Cohen has devoted his 38 year State Department career to African and European affairs. He lived there for twelve years, working in five different countries, including three years as American Ambassador in Senegal . His Washington assignments included four years as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, two years in the National Security Council as President Reagan's Senior Director for Africa, and four years as Assistant Secretary of State for Africa under President George Bush (1989-1993). Mr. Cohen was Senior Adviser to the intergovernmental Global Coalition for Africa from 1994 to 1998, and is currently President of the consulting firm Cohen and Woods International. He continues to travel there regularly on behalf of American business firms, and comments frequently on current events there for Voice of America, Radio France International, and BBC, speaking English and French.