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Africa: Americans of African Descent Must Be Considered For Assistant Secretary Of State For Africa

Africa: Americans of African Descent Must Be Considered For Assistant Secretary Of State For Africa
The four years of the Trump Administration has severely damaged U.S. foreign policy in a variety of ways!  The framing of the Trump agenda as “America First”, has meant that the rest of the world, including Africa and the African world in the Caribbean and elsewhere, has suffered greatly!  “Black Lives” certainly did not matter much for the Trump Administration here in the U.S. or globally!

The Constituency for Africa (CFA), a Washington, DC policy advocacy organization, has effectively advocated since the early 90s, for the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs to be an African-American!All succeeding Assistant Secretaries for Africa were African-Americans, with the one exception of Ambassador Walter Kansteiner, who served as the Assistant Secretary for Africa in the administration of Republican George W.Other African-Americans who served in the position of Assistant Secretary for African Affairs since Ambassador Moose were: President Trump appointed Ambassador Tibor Nagy, as his Assistant Secretary for African Affairs.CFA’s President Melvin Foote, is urging the Biden/Harris Administration to consider an African-American or other Americans of African descent, to fill the position of Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

My short list of possible candidates would include the following: Now that the new Secretary of State, Honorable Antony Blinken has been confirmed by the Senate, those of us who follow Africa, will turn our attention to the important job of Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs!Bush, who appointed  General Colin Powell as the Secretary of State, and Condolezza Rice as the National Security Advisor!

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