Dr. Carotenuto Takes Part in Brookings Panel

Associate Professor of History Matthew Carotenuto took part in a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., on July 19. 

Joined by Washington Director of Human Rights Watch Sarah Margon and Brookings Co-Director for the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence Mike O’Hanlon, Carotenuto spoke about President Obama’s policy legacy for African security and development. Much of his contributions were based on his co-authored book Obama and Kenya: Contested Histories and the Politics of Belonging (Ohio University Press, 2016).

According to Brookings, Barack Obama’s presidency has witnessed widespread change throughout Africa. His four trips there, spanning seven countries, reflect his belief in the continent’s potential and importance. African countries face many challenges that span issues of trade, investment, and development, as well as security and stability. With President Obama’s second term coming to an end, it is important to begin to reflect on his legacy and how his administration has helped frame the future of Africa.

The event was attended by about 150 policymakers, scholars and journalists working on diverse issues related to African affairs and U.S. African relations.

Read more about the discussion at Brookings.

In 2015, St. Lawrence University began collaborating with the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C., as part of its Africa Security Initiative. The initiative brings together the expertise of St. Lawrence faculty and student interns with Brookings scholars. Faculty from St. Lawrence work alongside Brookings scholars and experts from the Institute’s Africa Growth Initiative in its Global Economy and Development Program.

In November, Kristin McKie, assistant professor of African studies and government, took part in a panel discussion on the Great Lakes Region of Africa. And in April, Abye Assefa, associate professor of sociology and African studies, participated in a panel discussion at Brookings regarding the security situation in Ethiopia and how it relates to the broader region.

The collaboration with Brookings also funds a St. Lawrence University student internship in D.C. This summer, Annie Wilcox ’17 of North Sandwich, New Hampshire, interned with Brookings.

Also in attendance were five students and alumni of St. Lawrence University and its Kenya Semester Program, who have used their experiences to secure prestigious internships and jobs in government service, public health, legal consulting and public policy research. 

Learn more about how young alumni can integrate their study abroad experience into their professional lives.

For more more information on St. Lawrence University's Kenya Semester Program, visit the Center for International and Intercultural Studies.