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December 19, 2018

Section: Foreign – Africa

The U.S. is getting little recognition for the tremendous progress being made by the HIV/AIDs initiative, and will only degrade diplomatic perception by getting involved in civil wars.

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” Nelson Mandela.


Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):

Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent.

Africa also suffers from a variety of internal and external problems.

o   Foreign aid has been diverted by corrupt and incompetent regimes to buy military equipment, pay off cronies, and keep oppressing people, while funding off shore accounts.

In 2000, The African Growth and Opportunity Act was designed to be the cornerstone of America’s economic interaction with Africa.

The developed world has committed to help Africa promote its own development.

Major super powers are looking to cement relationships in Africa.

In 2003 the United States committed to a $15 billion initiative to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Islamo-fascists are exploiting African unemployment and poverty to take over weak countries and implement Sharia law.

Rwanda has grown with low personal taxes, low corporate taxes, and business facilitation.



Shift US focus from one of benefactor to one of partnership.



Redefine the conflicts in Africa as another major theater in the Global War on Terror.

Reinforce the importance of democratic governance in Africa and publicly support the region’s democratic standard bearers.

Renew and Upgrade African Growth and Opportunity Act.



Ten Things that Africa Can Do for Itself” by Greg Mills dated February 27, 2006 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/Africa/hl923.cfm .

An African Taliban” by David McCormack dated October 4, 2006 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MTQwNGQwOTFjZGU5MGQwZTUwYTFiZjMxZTdlZjUwYWM= .

A Hard Wound to MEND” by Kyle Dabruzzi dated November 9, 2006 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=25371 .

What is Ghana’s Secret?” Kathryn Boateng dated March 6, 2007 published by American Magazine at http://www.american.com/archive/2007/march-0307/what-is-ghana2019s-secret .

The Crisis in Zimbabwe: How the U.S. Should Respond” by Brett D. Schaefer dated March 23, 2007 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/Africa/wm1407.cfm .

“A Private War on Poverty: Peer-to-Peer Development” by David Rusin dated April 18, 2007 published by TCS Daily at http://www.tcsdaily.com/printArticle.aspx?ID=041207D .

Horn hotbed” by Peter Brookes dated May 2007 published by Armed Forces Journal at http://www.armedforcesjournal.com/2007/05/2670146 .

Genocide Doesn’t Just Happen” by Nina Shea dated June 1, 2007 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZjI0ZTY0MTViYzQ3YTI1MzUxYmQ5NDQ5NWJjOTg2NGM= .

Profit for the Poorest” by Apoorva Shah dated June 13, 2007 published by American Magazine at http://www.american.com/archive/2007/june-0607/profit-for-the-poorest .

What Bono doesn’t say about Africa” by William Easterly dated July 6, 2007 published by Los Angeles Times at http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-easterly6jul06,0,6188154.story?coll=la-opinion-rightrail .

Defeating Terrorism in Africa” by Alan W. Dowd, dated August 27, 2007 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=C06FBA85-2B84-4E4E-803A-BBC8AE2C768C .

Into Africa” by Joseph Loconte dated February 20, 2008 published by The Weekly Standard at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/014/766sqpli.asp .

Only Africans Can Solve Africa’s Problems” by Walter E. Williams dated February 25, 2008 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=288833608197579 .

U.S. Africa Command: Challenges and Opportunities” by Brett D. Schaefer and Mackenzie M. Eaglen dated March 21, 2008 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/NationalSecurity/bg2118.cfm .

Into Africa: Bush Initiatives That Deserve Continuing Support” by Thomas M. Woods dated October 31, 2008 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/Africa/bg2204.cfm .

As America Dithers…” by Deroy Murdock dated December 13, 2010 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=40542 .

Let My People Go” by Jerrold L. Sobel dated April 27, 2013 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/let_my_people_go.html .

Time to Transform the African Growth and Opportunity Act” by Charlotte Florance dated August 22, 2013 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://blog.heritage.org/2013/08/22/time-to-transform-the-african-growth-and-opportunity-act/ .

Seven Ways the U.S. Could Help” by Brett Schaefer dated August 4, 2014 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://dailysignal.com/2014/08/04/obama-administration-needs-stop-ignoring-africa-seven-ways-u-s-help/ .

Four U.S. Policy Priorities for Africa in 2016” by Joshua Meservey dated January 15, 2016 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/01/four-us-policy-priorities-for-africa-in-2016 .

Trump’s Important New Africa Strategy” by Star Parker dated December 19, 2018 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/starparker/2018/12/19/trumps-important-new-africa-strategy-n2537724 .