By Larcus Pickett on April 29, 2013
January of this year marked a new chapter in Somalia’s quest for stability and security. It is the classic case of the African news that never was. For one thing, whereas the story was reported by many a news media outlet, the full impact of the change in the country is yet to be visible to the outside world, and so it seems like nothing really happened. But indeed change is taking place in Somalia.
For the first time since 1991, the United States formally recognized Somalia’s government under the leadership of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The renewed partnership between the United States and Somalia continues both nations steady fight against terrorism and the establishment of stability through democracy.…
By George Bamu on August 9, 2012
Panelists at White House discussion on Africa
The Obama administration is making strides in formulating an Africa strategy. Based on a Presidential Policy Directive signed by the President on June 14, the White House Office of Public Engagement held a discussion on the subject August 1.
“This is an important issue and I am pleased that we are going to have this discussion about sub-Saharan Africa policy,” said Michael Strautmanis, Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor for Strategic Engagement to the Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett.
That discussion brought together top foreign policy brass at the White House and the State Department, including Grant Harris, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Florizelle B.…
By Africa Agenda on May 30, 2012
An International Visit from Togo
World Denver, a Denver-based international education organization which includes the Denver World Affairs Council announced May 29 that a team of African entrepreneurs and international investigative journalists will visit Denver in June.
According to the organization, the first part of the visit is a mentoring partnership program for young African Leaders. The program “will place 8 truly remarkable and innovative individuals from across Africa with interests ranging from electric vehicles to mobile banking to sustainable development with experienced counterparts in their industries in the U.S. for a seven day mentorship program in Denver,” stated an email from the organization.…