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The View from Accra: A Live Conversation with President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo

Please join the Aspen Security Forum as we host President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo for a live discussion on his top foreign policy and national security priorities in 2021.


Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President of the Republic of Ghana

His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the 5th President of Ghana’s 4th Republic and was sworn into office for a second term on January 7, 2021.

As a lawyer, he undertook many important constitutional cases which protected the independence of the judiciary, the right of the citizen to demonstrate without a police permit, and the right of equal access of all political parties to the State-owned media.

President Akufo-Addo has held numerous positions in Ghana. He was a three term Member of Parliament (1997-2008). He also served as Attorney General and Minister for Justice (2001-2003) and as Minister for Foreign Affairs (2003-2007), both under the government of the former President of the Republic of Ghana, HE John Agyekum Kufuor.

President Akufo-Addo was re-elected to lead the NPP into the 2016 general elections. He won the presidential election that year after defeating the incumbent. He was re-elected as President of the Republic of Ghana in the December 7, 2020 election for a second term in office.

In Conversation With

Jendayi Frazer
Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow, the Hoover Institution;
former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

Jendayi E. Frazer is the Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, she served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Dr. Frazer was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs until she became the first woman U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. She also served as a CFR International Affairs Fellow with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and at the National Security Council.

Dr. Frazer was a Distinguished Public Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She is the co-editor of Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa.

Dr. Frazer received her BA in political science and African and Afro-American studies, MAs in international policy studies and international development education, and PhD in political science from Stanford University.

Introduced By

Anja Manuel
Director, Aspen Strategy Group & Co-Founder;
Partner, Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC

Former diplomat, author, and advisor, Anja Manuel is Co-Founder and Partner in Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC. She is the author of This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States. Earlier in her career, she served as an official at the U.S. Department of State, an attorney at WilmerHale, and an investment banker at Salomon Brothers.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University, Ms. Manuel now lectures at Stanford University. She currently serves on the boards of Overseas Shipping Group, Inc., Ripple Labs Inc., Flexport Inc., Synapse Inc., Center for a New American Security, American Ditchley Foundation, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. She recently served on Former Governor Brown’s California Export Council. She is a frequent commentator for TV and radio and writes for publications including The New York Times, The Financial Times, and The Atlantic. She is the Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum.

Event information
Wed Jun 9, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT