Tag: American- Africa Relations

Georgia State University to Virtually Host 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

By Ebimo Amungo

ATLANTA—The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS) at Georgia State University (GSU) has announced that it has been selected as an Institute Partner for the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

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Meet Akunna E. Cook | The  United States Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs

By Ebimo Amungo with State Department þ

Akunna Cook serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the Biden-Harris Administration. In this role, Ms. Cook oversees the development of U.S. foreign policy for Southern Africa, as well as economic and regional issues including trade, investment, climate, health, multilateral engagement, democracy, and human rights.

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Does Africa Matter to the United States?

By Charles Ray | Foreign Policy Research Institute

Most Americans generally have one of two images of Africa: a primitive home of famine, disease, and civil war, or an idyllic motherland. Neither image is entirely correct. While Africa does have more than its fair share of problems and is the homeland of many Americans, it is a diverse continent of more than 50 nations and hundreds of ethnicities and languages.

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Africa is America’s greatest geopolitical opportunity. Does the US know it?

By Rama Yade | Atlantic Council

As the world celebrates Africa Day, which commemorates the founding of the Organization of African Unity on May 25, 1963. On that day, as two-thirds of the continent obtained independence, thirty-two African nations met in Addis Ababa, hosted by Haile Selassie, in order to establish the institution.

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Congo rejoins United States’ AGOA trade partnership

By Stanis Bujakera  and Hereward Holland  | Reuters

Democratic Republic of Congo has rejoined a trade partnership giving it duty-free access to U.S. markets, a sign of warming diplomatic ties since Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi came to power last year.

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US Rescinds Sudan’s Designation as State Sponsor of Terror

By Voice of America – English

The United States announced it was formally rescinding Sudan’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism as a result of its “historic democratic transition.” Sudan was designated as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1993 in part because of the policies of then-President Omar al-Bashir, who supported militant organizations such as Hamas, and harbored militants such as al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

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What Joe Biden’s Africa strategy might look like

BY MICHAEL SHURKIN | TheHill

The election of Joe Biden as the next president may present the United States with a welcome opportunity to reset its relationship with sub-Saharan Africa. Two of the priorities of the Trump administration in the region had merit, namely a focus on competition with China and a reduced emphasis on counter-terrorism.

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US Adds Nigeria to Religious Freedom Blacklist

By Agence France-Presse | VOA

The United States has placed Nigeria on a religious freedom blacklist, paving the way for potential sanctions if it does not improve its record.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated the U.S. ally — for the first time — as a “Country of Particular Concern” for religious freedom, alongside nations that include China, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. 

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US President-elect Joe Biden phones Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, talks about regional security, climate change

By Nancy Agutu | The Star

US President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday called Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to offer his gratitude after congratulating him on his win.

“The president-elect offered his gratitude for President Kenyatta’s congratulations and expressed his appreciation for the strong and lasting ties between our two countries,” Biden said.

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Obama didn’t deliver for Africa. Can Biden show black lives matter everywhere?


By Vava Tampa | The Guardian

How different is the Biden-Harris administration’s Africa policy going to be from Donald Trump’s, or even Barack Obama’s? Many African people, as well as the continent’s strongman leaders, are now gingerly asking – is Biden going to be Obama 2.0, or Trump-lite? For the sake of black lives mattering everywhere in these turbulent times, I hope Biden will chart a bold new course, diametrically away from not only Trump but also Obama’s Africa policy.

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