Bureau of African Affairs

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The Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs is 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 more about the mission of the Bureau of African Affairs here.



Bureau of African Affairs Names U.S. Special Representative for Great Lakes Region of Africa

The State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs has appointed Ambassador (ret.) Laurence Wohlers as U.S. Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Special Representative Wohlers will work with envoys and representatives of partner countries and organizations to ensure continued active engagement in support of peace, security and democracy in the Great Lakes region. Special Representative Wohlers is a retired senior Foreign Service officer with a wealth of Africa experience, including most recently as U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic (CAR) from 2010 to 2012, Deputy UN Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), and head of delegation for the U.S. Security Governance Initiative in Niger and Mali. More»