Howard Wolpe, Director of the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity and Africa Program, gave testimony to a panel of members of the US Senate Subcommittee on Africa.
As the U.S. government copes with huge challenges in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, other fragile states hang in the balance while generating threats to U.S. and international security. This report summarizes the findings from a colloquium hosted by the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity on June 5, 2009.
The Trans - Atlantic South Partnership: Positions on Building a Mutually Beneficial Partnership with Africa
It is very simple. Until the U.S. is as optimally invested, or doing business as briskly as the Chinese, the EU, Indians, Brazilians or Vietnamese; the world’s largest economy can neither expand its commercial footprint in Africa nor make a portentous impact on the lives of over a billion Africans.
The intense debate in the Security Council over the US invasion of Iraq and the current crisis in Darfur highlights the need for the international community to rethink how it responds to emerging threats, challenges and change. Gareth Evans, a member of a high-level UN panel, discusses how the United Nations should be updated to confront 21st century challenges to international peace and security.
U.S. policy toward Africa has been on autopilot for much of the past four years, following a laundry list of good intentions that established priorities for Africa’s well-being and U.S. security interests. However, a truly sustainable and forward-looking U.S. policy toward Africa should refocus attention on Africa’s opportunity as an economic powerhouse of the future, a strategy that combines both domestic self-interest and an opportunity to help Africa move forward.