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Beyond the Rhetoric: Africa Goes to Washington

WASHINGTON, August 12, 2014 (NBCC) -- Finally, President Obama extended an invitation to African nations to participate in a Summit.  It was rather short but yet it was a summit. He invited 52 of the 54 nations – omitting Sudan and Zimbabwe which he declares as being wicked.  I have seen no official news reports about the number that actually responded.  I heard anywhere from 40 to 50. One thing is certain.  This event was historical and has put the African continent on everyone’s mind.  Seeing thousands of people filling up many of DC’s hotels and motorcades racing everywhere made the residents of the nation’s capital realize that something big was going on and it was a beautiful Black thing.

Read more... Tuesday, 12 August 2014 17:06
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Africa and America: Partners in a Shared Future

iRiceSBy Susan E. Rice*

WASHINGTON, August 06, 2014 (WhiteHouse) -- Africa is not at all the same place it was when I served as Assistant Secretary of State during the Clinton Administration. In less than 20 years, in the space of one generation — even as major challenges remain — Africa has witnessed remarkable change. Back then, Sierra Leone was locked in a decade-long civil war with rebels hacking off limbs and abducting UN peacekeepers.

Read more... Wednesday, 06 August 2014 16:56
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The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Deepening Trade and Commercial Ties

By Zenia Lewis and Witney Schneidman

WASHINGTON, August 05, 2014 (AfricaInFocus) -- Editor’s Note: The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit blog series is a collection of posts discussing efforts to strengthen ties between the United States and Africa ahead of the first continent-wide summit. On August 4, Brookings will host “The Game Has Changed: The New Landscape for Innovation and Business in Africa,” at which these themes and more will be explored by prominent experts. Click here to register for the event.

Read more... Tuesday, 05 August 2014 11:54
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Africa: Three Scenarios for the Future of AGOA

By Christopher Wood

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 04, 2014 (SAIIA) --- On September 30, 2015, the African Growth and Opportunity Act will expire. The act provides duty free access to the United States, and if it lapses could threaten 62,395 jobs in South Africa alone.

African trade ministers will have bad memories of September deadlines. In 2012, a vital component of AGOA that facilitates the export of textile goods was renewed with days to spare. At that point, orders for African textiles goods had already dropped by 35 percent.

Read more... Monday, 04 August 2014 11:46
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Africa: What Africa Needs to Boost Trade With the U.S.

By Joshua Setipa
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, August 04, 2014 (SAIIA) ---
Ahead of the United States-Africa summit which President Barack Obama is convening next week, southern African trade expert Joshua Setipa outlines what he would say if he was to present Africa's case in Washington.

Read more... Monday, 04 August 2014 11:44
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Europe's Nightmare: America vs. Russia

By Dmitri Trenin*

MOSCOW, July 30, 2014 (Carnegie Moscow Center) -- Russia is learning to live in a new harsh environment of U.S.-led economic sanctions and political confrontation with the United States. More than five months after the change of regime in Kiev, which ushered in a new era in Moscow's foreign policy and its international relations, a rough outline of Russia's new security strategy is emerging. It is designed for a long haul and will probably impact the global scene.

Read more... Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:34

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