Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield leads the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, the division in the Department focused on the development and management of U.S. policy concerning the continent. There are four pillars that serve as the foundation of U.S. policy toward Africa.
1) Strengthening Democratic Institutions;
2) Supporting African economic growth and development;
3) Advancing Peace and Security;
4) Promoting Opportunity and Development.
Read the full description of the pillars here: U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa.
Remarks at the Atlantic Council
Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield (July 31): "This is a very exciting time for us. Next Monday, President Obama will welcome 51 Heads of State and Government and other senior leaders from across Africa to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The Summit, which will take place over three days, is the first such event of its kind and the largest event any U.S. President has ever held with African leaders." Full Text»
President Obama held a town hall meeting with Young African Leaders as part of the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
Secretary Kerry (July 28): "We have five hundred fellows from all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This is really remarkable. This is a first. And I know the real presence of a kind of excitement, a hopefulness, a sense of possibility that is accompanying and defining this meeting." Full Text» Social Media Kit»
The strategy outlines four key objectives for U.S. support: (1) the increased protection of civilians; (2) the apprehension or removal of Joseph Kony and senior LRA commanders from the battlefield; (3) the promotion of defections and support of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of remaining LRA fighters; and (4) the provision of continued humanitarian relief to affected communities. Fact Sheet»
June 25: At the invitation of the African Union, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield led the United States delegation to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea in connection with the AU Summit. More»
#BringBackOurGirls: Addressing the Growing Threat of Boko Haram
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Jackson (May 15): "Boko Haram has also retained its ability to target Abuja, as we saw with two recent bombings at the Nyanya bus depot outside the capital. And we’re concerned by the expansion of the group’s operations beyond Nigeria, including in Cameroon where it has also conducted kidnappings. The group is not just a Nigerian problem; it is a regional security problem." Opening Statement» Fact Sheet»
Live at State: U.S. Commitment to sub-Saharan Africa
Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield (May 14): "We’re in the throes of planning for what will be a summer of Africa in Washington. We will be hosting the Young African Leaders Washington Fellowship program here in Washington from July 28 through 30. We have 500 amazing young people from across the continent who will be here for six weeks of training, and they will have the opportunity to engage with the President, engage with other leaders in the Washington area, and then return home to really show their leadership skills." Full Text»
U.S. Welcomes Agreement on South Sudan
Secretary Kerry (May 9): "Today's agreement to immediately stop the fighting in South Sudan and to negotiate a transitional government could mark a breakthrough for the future of South Sudan. The hard journey on a long road begins now and the work must continue. We urge both leaders to take immediate action now to ensure that this agreement is implemented in full and that armed groups on both sides adhere to its terms." Full Text»
Abduction of Nigerian Girls by Boko Haram
May 8: It's time to #BringBackOurGirls. Our thoughts and prayers are with the young girls who are victims of this horrendous kidnapping and their families. This tragedy has highlighted the fact that Boko Haram is a national threat. Read about how the U.S. is helping Nigeria in the search for those who were kidnapped. More»
Our Embassy in #Abuja is prepared to form an interdisciplinary team that could provide expertise on intelligence, investigations, and hostage negotiations, help facilitate information sharing, and provide victim assistance. It would include U.S. military personnel, law enforcement officials with expertise in investigations and hostage negotiations, as well officials with expertise in other areas that may be helpful to the #Nigerian Government in its response. More»
Travel to Africa
Secretary of State John Kerry recently visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.); and Luanda, Angola, on April 29-May 5 to encourage democratic development, promote respect for human rights, advance peace and security, engage with civil society and young African leaders who will shape the continent’s future, and promote trade, investment and development partnerships in Africa. Trip Page»