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Africa and U.S. Foreign Policy

The United States has long term national interests and vital engagements with many countries in Africa. This page includes key links and resources exploring those relationships as well as the role of U.S. foreign policy in trans-African issues and organizations including the African Union.
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Obama Sends US Troops To Chad
Obama sends US troops to Chad searching for kidnapped girls, a move totally in line with his administration's foreign policy.

Boko Haram Kidnappings
US military and FBI personnel have joined the search for Nigeria's missing girls, kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014.

Violence In Central African Republic, South Sudan
Understanding the U.S. diplomatic role in the violence in the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

Samantha Power Tries To Avert Genocide
American ambassador Samantha Power seeks diplomatic solution to avert genocide in central Africa.

The 1980s Battle Over Apartheid Sanctions
The Reagan administration didn't necessarily like apartheid in the 1980s, but it was comfortable with it. It's foreign policy with South Africa reflected that.

When The U.S. Didn't Like Mandela
It's hard to believe now, but there was a time when the U.S. didn't like Nelson Mandela, thanks to Cold War foreign policy.

U.S. And Egypt: After The Bloodshed
The U.S. and Egypt remained in a strange diplomatic situation August 15, 2013, after Egypt's military government killed nearly 600 of its opponents. The United States' top diplomats condemned the killing of 580 (the number was rising at this writing) members of the Muslim Brotherhood in a bloody crackdown to dispel groups loyal to deposed president Mohommed Morsi. U.S. President Barack Obama, however, stopped short of ending American aid to Egypt.

Diplomats' Deaths Become Part Of 2012 Presidential Campaign
The deaths of American diplomats at the hands of angry Muslims in Benghazi, Libya, September 11, 2012, quickly became fodder for the 2012 presidential campaign.

United States Continues Its Efforts Against Kony
An update of U.S. efforts in central Africa against Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.

Troops Continue U.S. Commitment To Uganda
President Barack Obama's order to send 100 troops to help track down Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony is part a larger U.S. foreign policy commitment to Uganda.

Book Review: "Untapped - The Scramble for Africa's Oil"
The role played by oil in world politics is difficult to quantify but impossible to deny. While the Middle East is the center of oil politics, the new frontier is Africa according to "Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil" by John Ghazvinian.

New Front and New Tactics in the War on Terror
The U.S. military has a unique operation in Djibouit. Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy - shares this first hand account.

Scenes from Djibouti
Scenes from Djibouti, Camp Lemonier, and the U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa

Book Review: I Didn't Do It for You
Book review of "I Didn't Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation," from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy

Zimbabwe is one of the countries U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice termed an "Outpost of Tyranny." Learn more from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy.

Bureau of African Affairs
This division of the U.S State Department covers most of Africa (everything south of the Sahara desert). The site offers an overview of U.S. relations with 48 different countries.

African Union
The African Union, formed in 1999, is a regional organization encompassing 53 member-states. This link goes to the AU's English-language homepage.

Next Steps for Darfur
This November 2006 briefing from the Brookings Institution includes Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the U.N. undersecretary general for peacekeeping and Andrew Natsios, President Bush'sspecial envoy for Sudan.

All Africa
All Africa is a great website which aggregates news from 130 sources across the continent.

About Africa for Visitors
About.com Guide to Africa for Visitors Anouk Zijlma offers resources for anyone planning to visit (or just learn more about) Africa.

Military Advisers In US Foreign Policy
Under Obama, US military advisers are getting a reprieve from the specter of Vietnam.

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