In 2002, the Africa Program launched a major initiative in the war-torn Central African nation of Burundi to support the country's peace process through an innovative leadership-training program. Now, as the country prepares to select its first democratically chosen president in 12 years, it has the opportunity to bring a close to a brutal era of war and intercommunal violence that has left more than 300,000 dead.
Africa Program Consulting Director Steve McDonald testified before the Congressional Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. Read his testimony about the United States' role in encouraging the transition to democracy, peace and stability.
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Ambassador Johnnie Carson discussed the Obama Administration’s strong commitment to South Africa and spoke of the administration’s desire to build upon existing areas of cooperation. Carson described South Africa as the economic locomotive crucial to Africa’s long-term growth and stability. He praised the country’s commitment to democracy and rule of law, noting that South Africa’s record of success serves as a powerful example to other African governments. Carson emphasized the importance of economic partnership as being at the heart of US-South African relations.