How to Get the U.S.-Africa Summit Right


How can the Obama administration ensure a successful outcome for the first U.S.-Africa Summit, which will take place in early August? Former U.S. Ambassador Robin Sanders wants President Obama to hold meetings with counteparts from each of Africa's five regions for more intimate discussions than can happen at larger sessions. Toby Moffett and Aubrey Hruby say American officials and companies should revisit their business approach when dealing with Africa governments and build mutually beneficial partnerships.


  • Africa:  What Africa Needs to Boost Trade With the U.S.

    allAfrica.com, 30 July 2014

    Ahead of the United States-Africa summit which President Barack Obama is convening next week, southern African trade expert Joshua Setipa outlines what he would say if he was to ... read more »

  • Africa:  U.S.-Africa Summit Must Listen to Voices of the People

    allAfrica.com, 24 July 2014

    In a guest column for AllAfrica, E. Gyimah Boadi of Ghana's Center for Democratic Development says the vast majority of Africans who prefer democracy over authoritarian regimes ... read more »

  • Africa:  USA/Africa - a Dubious Summit

    AfricaFocus, 29 July 2014

    "Starting August 4, the Obama Administration will host a mini replica of an African Union (AU) summit. As many as 40 heads of state from the continent will be on hand for the ... read more »

  • Africa:  U.S. Summit Seeks to Play Catch-Up in Africa

    Inter Press Service, 3 August 2014

    Despite worsening crises in Ukraine, Gaza, and elsewhere in the Middle East, the administration of President Barack Obama hopes next week to focus at least some more positive ... read more »

  • Africa:  Putting U.S.-Africa Summit on Positive Side of History

    allAfrica.com, 21 July 2014

    In two weeks, we will witness a historic happening in Washington, DC, when for the first time, an American president will host African heads-of-state and government to discuss key ... read more »

  • Africa:  White Paper on 'Africa Forum' Pre-Summit Dialogue Released

    FEEEDS Initiative, 30 July 2014

    Sponsors of the Africa Forum on July 10, 2014 have released their White Paper Report on the Forum - a Dialogue on Key African Issues prior to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit event ... read more »

  • Africa:  The U.S. & Africa - How the Game Has Changed

    The Star, 3 August 2014

    The first US-Africa Summit called by President Barack Obama in Washington is a three-day event that begins in barely 48 hours' time on August 4. It is a remarkable gathering, and ... read more »

  • Africa:  At the African Leaders Summit, Don't Miss the Stories

    allAfrica.com, 29 July 2014

    I have been working in Africa for decades – and they have been eventful ones. read more »

  • Africa:  How Obama Can Get the U.S.-Africa Summit Right

    allAfrica.com, 17 July 2014

    Washington in early August is known for inactivity. During these long and hot 'Dog Days', Congress departs for its annual recess. Families, including the First one, pack up for an ... read more »

  • Africa:  DC Forum Kicks Off Lead-Up to Next Month's U.S.-Africa Summit

    FEEEDS Initiative, 12 July 2014

    The "Africa Forum" organized by the FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative, Gallup, The Africa Society, AllAfrica and Operation HOPE, which was held July 10 for 250 invitees, is being called a ... read more »

  • Africa:  Black Americans Need Organization & Structure to Impact the Agenda of the White House Summit

    Constituency for Africa, 17 June 2014

    Excitement is indeed building around the upcoming first White House African Heads of State Summit, which will take place in Washington between August 4 – 6th. read more »

  • Africa:  Civil Society Weighs in with Recommendations for U.S.-Africa Summit

    U.S.-Africa Civil Society Forum, 20 June 2014

    The upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, taking place from August 4–6, provides an important opportunity for the United States government and African heads of state to engage ... read more »

Barack Obama (file photo).

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