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US: Who’s who in Biden’s Africa team

By Julian Pecquet

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Posted on December 10, 2021 08:17


In a change of gear from the Trump administration, the team that President Biden has assembled to guide policy, security and economic relations with the continent have many decades of cumulative experience in Africa. Diplomats, the diaspora and the economy are in the ascendency.

The US administration has made it clear that Africa will be at the forefront of US foreign policy, along with a focus on democracy around the world. As President Biden stated on the International Day of Democracy: “No democracy is perfect, and no democracy is ever final. Every gain made, every barrier broken, is the result of determined, unceasing work.”

To commend advances in democracy, he will host the first of two Summits for Democracy on 9-10 December.  17 African countries have been invited to attend the inaugural summit. So who’s been working behind the scenes with Biden to reestablish Washington’s presence in Africa?

Antony Blinken, Secretary of State

The head of American diplomacy has made it clear that under the Biden administration, Africa will be at the forefront of US foreign policy. In his first official trip to the continent in November, Blinken visited Kenya, Nigeria and

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