Government Prof. Participates in Brookings Discussion | St. Lawrence University

Government Prof. Participates in Brookings Discussion

Kristin McKie, assistant professor of government and African studies, participated in a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 1.

The discussion, titled "Assessing the recent elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," was sponsored by the Africa Security Initiative of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings.

McKie took part in a discussion with Brookings senior fellow and other scholarly experts, titled "US and international policy options towards DRC."

Watch the video of the discussion

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.

McKie has taken part in a panel discussions on the Great Lakes Region of Africa in November 2015, and again in May 2017 on Addressing Famine, Peacekeeping, and Insecurity in Africa. In April 2016, 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. In July 2016, Matthew Carotenuto, professor of history, took part in a discussion on President Obama’s policy legacy for African security and development. McKie and Carotenuto were joined in September 2018 by U.S. Senator and Kenya Semester Program alumnus Christopher Coons during a discussion on Examining the Health of Democracy Across Africa.

The collaboration with Brookings also funds a St. Lawrence University student internship in D.C. This past summer, Namarig Kram '18 of Coons Rapids, Minnesota, a government and history major and African studies minor, served as St. Lawrence’s summer 2018 intern at Brookings. Together with Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon, she co-wrote “The State of African Security” as part of her internship.

For more information, visit St. Lawrence’s African studies program.