U.S. Policy Resources
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Obama Calls on Africans to Claim Their Future
"... I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world -- as partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children. That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect. We must start from the simple premise that Africa's future is up to Africans."
President Obama, Accra, Ghana, July 2009
Major Policy Statements
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Statements in reverse chronological order.
- The United States - South Africa Partnership: Going Global - Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Cape Town, South Africa. (08/08/2012)
- U.S.-S.A. Strategic Dialogue: Remarks by Secretary Clinton and South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane after their meeting, Pretoria, South Africa (08/07/2012)
- Building Sustainable Partnerships in Africa- Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Dakar, Sengal. (08/01/2012)
U.S. Government Information
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-06/28/2012 Economic Statecraft: Embracing Africa's market Potential. U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Subcommittee on African Affairs. June 28, 2012
-06/20/2012 The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Ensuring Success. Joint Oversight Hearing. U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, June 20, 2012
-06/19/2012 Trafficking in Persons Report - Under Secretary for Global Affairs. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. June 2012
-06/14/2012 The New Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa. Whitehouse. June 14, 2012
-05/24/2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Dept of State. May 24, 2012. South Africa (Scroll Down) »
-05/27/2012 Fact Sheet: G-8 Action on Food Security and Nutrition: G-8 and African leaders will commit to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. White House, Office of the Press Secretary. May 18, 2012
-04/27/2012 The North-South Sudan Conflict 2012. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights. April 26, 2012
Testimony: The Honorable Princeton Lyman (PDF, 122 Kb) , The Honorable Nancy Lindborg (PDF, 153 Kb) , The Honorable Anne Richard (PDF, 91 Kb)
-04/24/2012 U.S. Policy to Counter the Lord's Resistance Army. U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on African Affairs. April 24, 2012
-04/23/2012 Fact Sheet: Mitigating and Eliminating the Threat to Civilians Posed by the Lord’s Resistance Army. White House, Office of the Press Secretary.
-04/18/2012 Examining the U.S Policy Responses to Entrenched African Leadership. U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on African Affairs. April 18, 2012:
- Johnnie Carson. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (PDF, 143 Kb)
- Earl Gast. Assistant Administrator for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development (PDF 75 Kb)
- Dr. Mo Ibrahim. Founder and Chairman of the Board, Mo Ibrahim Foundation (PDF, 26 KB)
- Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa, National Democratic Institute (PDF, 38 Kb)
-04/17/12 The Increasing American Jobs Through Greater Exports to Africa Act. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, April 17, 2012.
Testimony: The Honorable Johnnie Carson, Ms. Florizelle Liser, Mr. Isaiah Washington, Mr. Scott Eisner, Mr. Reginald Maynor
-03/29/12 A Closer Look at Nigeria: Security, Governance, and Trade Source: Hearing- U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
-03/01/12 Assessing China's Role and Influence in Africa Source: House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights
Testimony: Mr. Donald Y. Yamamoto, Ms. Carolyn Bartholomew, Mr. Stephen Hayes, J. Peter Pham, Ph.D., The Honorable David H. Shinn
-03/28/12 High Stakes and Hard Choices Source: U.S. Policy on Iran Source Hearing- U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
-03/23/2012 Iran Sanctions Source: Report- Congressional Research Service (pdf, 626 Kb)
-03/23/2012 Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses Source: Report- Congressional Research Service (pdf, 817 Kb)
-03/14/12 Sudan and South Sudan Source: Independence and Insecurity Source: Hearing- U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
-03/01/12 Syria: The Crisis and Its Implications Source: Hearing- U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
-02/02/2012 U.S. Policy Toward Post-Election Democratic Republic of the Congo Source: House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights - scroll down the page
-01/19/12 Nigeria: Elections and Issues for Congress Source: Report-Congressional Research Service Report for Congress (pdf, 449kb)
-01/18/12 Algeria: Current Issues Source: Report- Congressional Research Service (pdf, 543 Kb)
-01/10/12 Millennium Challenge Corporation: Providing economic assistance to developing nations... Source: Report- Congressional Research Service (pdf, 440 Kb)
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- Bureau of African Affairs: The African bureau of the Department of State.
- USAID - Sub-Saharan Africa: the US aid agency's Sub-Saharan Africa Site
- U.S. Dept. of Defense: Central Command
- U.S. Trade Representative: Information on Africa-US trade relations
- The White House
- America.gov - Africa
- African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
- United Nations-OSAA: The Office of the Special Advisor on Africa promotes international support for peace and development in Africa.
- African Union: Africa's regional cooperation organization.
- Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)
- Southern African Development Community (SADC)
- Permanent Delegation of the Organization of the Islamic Conference
- WHO - HIV/AIDS page
- Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS
- WHO - Malaria page
Universities and Think tanks
- University of Pennsylvania African Studies: Penn's site is one of the most comprehensive academic sites for Africa information, fully searchable, with a wide range of accumulated material and many links to other sites.
- Columbia University: This is the Central Africa page of a resource guide that links to regional sources for news, politics, economics and culture.
- Harvard University: This is the homepage of Harvard's Africa Research Program.
- Cornell University: This is the homepage of the Africana Studies at Cornell.
- Center for Strategic and international Studies (CSIS): This is the homepage of the Africa Program at CSIS, a Washington based think tank.
- American Enterprise Institute: Overview of the AEI's publications on Africa
- Council on Foreign Relations: CFR's research on Africa
- Heritage Foundation: Heritage's research page on Africa
- Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA): The AISA is an independent research organization and think-tank, focusing on Africa in its research, publications and resource library.
- African Centre for Economic Growth (ACEG): The goal of ACEG is to promote human security and development in Africa through a network of Sub-Saharan research institutions.
- Institute of Public Policy Analysis (IPPA): IPPA's objective is to provide market-oriented analysis of current and emerging policy issues, with a view to influencing the public debate and the political decision-making process.
- Science in Africa: Published since January 2001, this free online monthly magazine covers a wide range of scientific issues concerning Africa.
- United States Institute of Peace: The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress.
- Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies: This e-journal represents an effort to occupy and redefine the space of African Women's studies, a space initially defined by white female scholars.
- Water in Africa: This project provides learning resources to help educators "teach geography, language arts technology, and visual art in a meaningful and original way by using authentic materials collected by Peace Corps Volunteers."
- International Republican Institute Africa Page: IRI conducts programs outside the United States to promote democracy and strengthen free markets and the rule of law.
- The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA): CCA is a non-profit organization of American corporations and individuals whose goal is to improve the interaction between the US and African private sectors.
- NGO Net on Africa: NGO-NET is founded to support the Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) and Community Based Organizations (CBO), particularly in Africa
- Africa Action: Africa Action is the oldest organization in the U.S. working on African affairs.
- African Governments on the Web: African Governments on the Web provides direct links by country to more than 290 web sites produced by African political parties and official government institutions, including overseas embassies.
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Africa Regional Media Hub
The Africa Regional Media Hub conducts interviews and briefings with U.S. Government principals and non-government experts on a broad range of policy issues, engaging directly with African journalists through available technology. These are recorded and are made available in audio, video and transcript.