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Hillary Clinton lays out US foreign policy objective for Africa

by Nelima

For the Obama administration, the celebrating is over and it’s time to get started on work. I came across this article in the African Press Agency which touches on Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s strategy for Africa.  She says;

The foreign policy objectives of the Obama administration in Africa are rooted in security, political, economic and humanitarian interests.

 “Combating al-Qaeda’s efforts to seek safe havens in failed states in the Horn of Africa; helping African nations to conserve their natural resources and reap fair benefits from them; stopping war in Congo; and ending autocracy in Zimbabwe and human devastation in Darfur.”

She put some emphasis on Darfur, which her predecessor Condoleeza Rice admitted was the biggest dissappointment of her tenure. Hope she’ll succeed .

  “There is a great need for us to sound the alarm again about Darfur. It is a terrible humanitarian crisis, compounded by a corrupt and very cruel regime in Khartoum, and it’s important that the world knows that we intend to address this in the most effective way possible once we have completed our review, and that we intend to bring along as many people as we can to fulfil the mission of the UN/AU force, which is not yet up to speed and fully deployed.”

Doesn’t sound too different from the intentions of the past administration. The change will have to be in the action taken. I wish her the best.


10 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton lays out US foreign policy objective for Africa

  1. Smellytourist I agree, the Bush admin did do a lot for Africa, despite the fact that the ‘help’ had conditions. I am hesitant to judge the Obama admin. just yet. Only time and their actions will tell.

  2. What exactly does Africa need from the Obama administration? Money?, Food?, Medicines and hospitals? roads and bridges?, schools, housing and reconstruction of slums?, miltary armor? What!!! Is it that Africa can’t save herself that she has to look up to America and indeed all other developed countries for everything? What has happened to our massive natural resources wealth?

    Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and wise. Which having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. How Long will you slumber, O sluggard? when will you rise from your sleep?A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of your hands to sleep —— So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man —–

    for thus says Solomon the man of God in proverbs chapter 6.

    Africa must redeem herself before looking for help elsewhere for indeed her self made myriad of problems are way too many to be solved by others —–and thus says me – Shokolokobangashai!

  3. I agree with the comment posted right before me. Africans do need to take charge of their destiny, but at the same time I realize that we need the help of the US because our burdens are too many to deal with on our own.

    With regards to Hillary Clinton, here’s an excerpt of her address to USAID employees today.

    I don’t think it is at all unexpected to look at the feelings that people have toward our country in sub-Saharan Africa, and to see the positive attitudes toward the United States because of the work that is being done through PEPFAR, through the Malaria Initiative; tangible results that make a difference in people’s lives, linked to the heart and the enthusiasm of the American people, has been a critical element of our being able to further our national interests and exemplify our values. As we look toward the future, it is essential that the role of USAID and our other foreign assistance programs be strengthened and be adequately funded and be coordinated in a way that makes abundantly clear that the United States understands and supports development assistance.

    Sounds like politics as usual to me. Read Clinton’s address in its entirety here.

  4. Let us Africans deal with our own issues, nobody can solve our problems excepts us, begging for U.S. is not the answer we have doing it for ever now, let’s get rid of that slave mentality

  5. I totally agree with the comments posted above with regards to Africa coming to a realization that it is about that time to wake up from that unending nap we’ve been taken. But i’ll like to pass across one very important point most of us turn to minimize. Often times, we turn to look at the big picture, failing to understand that other developed countries started out with smaller projects before they ever got to where they are today. It takes little pieces of information to put a puzzle together. How many of us Africans who stand a better position of reaching out to our countries of origin actually do so? yes you! start counting from yourself. You are probably thinking you do not have enough resources to make the difference we need back in Africa, forgetting to know that just the knowledge you acquire out here can make a great difference if shared with our beloved grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters back in Africa. Stop looking up to the Obama regime to make miracles happen in Africa and start making the difference today.

  6. Looks like shokolokobangashai (what a name 🙂 ) has hit a nerve. We all agree that we need to take charge of our destiny. I hope that if any of you guys will be doing any African developmental projects you will let us know so that we can pull together.

  7. Nelima! The other day I was reading about Somali-American young men who have disappeared from Minneapolis under suspicious circumstances, and believed to have been recruited by Al-Qaeda allies and are believed to be in Somalia.
    More info would make for a good article.

  8. I agree that Africa needs to build and sustain itself. We have so many resources with very high value, but we do not see it. Africans spend so much time deviding themselves by tribe, ethnicity, and territory. We kill each other over nothing, so yes, we still have the slave mentality. I want to say that I am so tired of the colonization excuse. It happened, but we all got our independence, so lets move on. I want to point out that because we have been repressed for so long, it will take some time for us to come out of our slumber, but we (Africans in the diaspora) have waken, so we are the ones who should be leading the way. Not to say that many of our brothers and sisters haven’t, but we are the pioneers of a new era. We need to step up. It is one thing to criticize, it is another to lead. It is starting here already. We are having this conversation, so we are getting somewhere.

  9. How long will Liberians in the U.S. continue to be forced to re-live the brutal civil war that took place in their homeland nearly twenty years? How long? Certainly, Liberians are forced to re-live the raveges of the senseless civil war, when every year they are uncertain about their status in the U.S. I believe one of the things that would help Liberians in the U.S. put the civil war behind themselves and continue to re-build their shattered lives is by the U.S. Government granting every Liberian in the U.S. a permanent resident status. Let us ask the U.S. Government to grant Liberians in the U.S. reprive by regularizing their status to permanent status.

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