It is a presumptive fact that in the short term, the US does not have vital interests at stake in most of Africa. Thus, Africa has not been a priority for previous administrations, but as we look down the road – five or ten years – we can see that Africa will offer amazing opportunities for entrepreneurs, innovators, and for rapid development based on its young and growing population and through the increasing interconnectedness of the continent. The United States should not miss the opportunity to partner with Africans to promote stable growth and good governance, factors that will mitigate the humanitarian challenges from desertification. Alternatively, in five to ten years – we can predict that there will be massive humanitarian problems in Africa – starvation, desertification, declining water resources, pandemics, migrations, state failure and the growth of war lords, tribalism, terrorism and violence. We will look away at our own peril.
The committee will examine the impact that these crises are likely to have on the American tradition stemming from WWII of global engagement and commitment to the assistance of others facing insurmountable challenges. Is it enough for the US to remain disinterested and passive? The United States needs a strategy to use available assets to shape a future more favorable for national interests.
The list of guiding themes below will drive our approach:
- The role of AFRICOM and the US military in protecting our security interests in Africa
- Growth of terrorist opportunities in the Sahara, the Sahel, Sudan and Mozambique
- Freedom of navigation
- Collapse of health systems and the role of national and international organizations in meeting the pandemic challenge.
- Climate change, poverty, deforestation, desertification, and water allocation
- Competing with China and Russia.
ACNSL Publications – Africa
ACNSL Op-Eds – Africa
Africa Committee Chair
Vicki Huddleston, Ambassador (retired)
Edward Walker, Ambassador
Ricardo Aponte, Brig. Gen., USAF
Hank Cohen, Ambassador
Andrew Davis, MGen, USMC
Cameron Hume, Ambassador
Dennis Jett, Ambassador
Mike Kraft, SES
Frederick Martin, Maj. Gen., USAF
Steven McGann, Ambassador
Rick Olson, Ambassador
Robin Rene Sanders, Ambassador
Harry Thomas, Ambassador