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Barack Obama’s U.S.-Africa Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama has invited “All but a few of the heads of state of the 54 nations of Africa” to join him on August 6, 2014, in Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital, for a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

According to Stephen Hayes at U.S. News and World Report, “The purpose of the program is ostensibly to bring Africa and the United States closer together economically and politically. While it is a program also designed to strengthen the legacy of the Obama presidency, it is not without significant risks and challenges, for this summit will be like none the African leaders have ever experienced,” he writes in “Obama's High-Risk Africa Summit.

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U.S’ Emerging Diplomacy in Somalia

The Associated Press reported July 9, 2013, that, “Twenty years after the U.S. military's "Black Hawk Down" disaster, the Obama administration is slowly stepping up relations with Somalia even though security requires American officials to be sheltered behind blast walls and unable to see nearly any of the chaotic country.” See “US slowly steps up diplomacy in Somalia.” 

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