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The More Things Change........
Delegation to Rwanda and other concerns Developing Story: AFRICOM Team to Assess Situation in the DRC!!! New Concerns About Nigeria The Visit by the SECSTATE The Sudan Hearings What to Do With Somalia? How It Ends!! Two Amendments that were Suprising Reason For Optimism Two other Problem Spots Some Other News That You Might Be Interested In..... A Nigerian Trial in New York New Legislation and the Return of an Old Argument A Briefing in Farmville and A Call for Washington The More Things Change........ General Ward Visits Africa The Paradox Known as Zimbabwe Saving Captain Phillips Next Stop For APS: Cameroon Restoration of Badly Needed Funds Restoration of Badly Needed Funds US Air Force: No Plans for No Fly Zone over Darfur Yet.......... A New Undersecretary of State for Africa is nominated. Operation Objective Voice Another Movement Organizes in the United States Enter the Boxer Rising Tensions and Hopes for Peace A Good Day in Danville,Virginia Report: AFRICOM helped plan Operation Lightning Thunder An Envoy is Needed in Darfur Right Away The First Strategies of the Administration The African Policy of President Obama A Policy Reccomendation that Makes Sense Darfur and Piracy Report: US Special Envoy to Sudan Asked for Military Force A New Policy For the Horn? Outgoing and Incoming Epidemic = Endgame? Updating Somali Disappearance Story Problems Beyond Somalia and Zimbabwe Africa Partnership Station 09 Report: Somalis Missing from Minneapolis MARFORAF is Now Formed Ospreys Over Africa What will President Obama Do for Africa? Breaking News: Secretary Frazier Goes to Kinshasa !!! US Envoy: More Peacekeepers for Darfur by the End of The YEAR!!! Concern over Women Should Extend Further than the DRC Why is the US Silent Regarding the DRC? The US and Malawi The US Relationship With Malawi AFRICOM No Missions in Somalia but Trains Cameroonian and EG Soldiers New African Advocacy Group Launches in USA What will McCain and Obama do for Africa? General Nkunda Angers Washington What Will McCain and Obama do for Africa? A New Strategy towards Angola? Of Pirates and Despots that Washington has to deal with..... The State Department Religious Freedom Report 08 Developing Story: US to Increase Aid to Somaliland West Africa: Forgotten Front in the War on Drugs? A "Crucial Window of Opportunity" Somali Protests at the Republican National Committee Why Passing H Res 765 is an excellent Idea What is the Status of IVAW? IVAW Where is the Congress on This? Feds End Refugee Program Due to Fraud How Much will the DOD and STATE Spend in Africa the Next Fiscal Year? Small Arms in Africa Breaking News: US to Extend TPS to Sudan!!!!!!!! Senator Durbin Speaks Up in Support of Press Freedom!!! We Abstain US Increases Sanctions Against Zimbabwe Tyrants v Rule of Law Active Month for the US at the UN Zim Campaign begins with a new threat against the US Ambassador Why H Res. 1227 is a Great Idea Another Secession Movement Approaches Washington Other Areas that the US should be concerned about US Aims to stop Chinese Arms from reaching Zimbabwe... Finally! Hypocrisy over Child Soldiers? Americans Held in Zimbabwe and Presidential Runoff Created Congo Lobby Day in Washington State Department Report on Human Rights has been released Islamists on the March in Somalia? Kenyans Angry with Hillary Clinton A Tale of Two Peaces MEND asks for US Mediation: Should the Administration do it? Will Somaliland Independence Bill Get Any Support on Capitol Hill? President Bush: Africa Has been a Priority New African Legislation being Discussed in Washington Child Soldiers being used by US Allies???? President Bush to ignore Key Allies in African Trip Terrorists Moving Around West Africa At will? US and Europe Criticized over Zimbabwe Again..... This is not a recording US to recgonize Somaliland??? US Military Trains Ugandans in Somalia and in Uganda !!!!!! Election Results leave Kenya in Turmoil!!!! Has Congress Dropped the Ball for Africa Also??? New Era in US-Nigerian Relations?? Gambia: Is this a Crisis Under the Radar?? Rally for Southern Cameroon in New York A New Turn in US-Zimbabwe Relations? Drug War going to West Africa? Is Ethiopia Jamming the VOA? Africa, The US and Iran: Could a US Strike provoke a War? Darfur: Can the US Save the UN Mission? US to support Nigerian Efforts in the Delta Rally for HR 2003 in Oklahoma!!! Central Africa Ethiopia & Eritrea Tensions could this become a US Proxy War? Assault on the Zimbabwean Church? AFRICOM what is its real Mission? Contact the Eagle Article Page Contact Me Archives

May 5,2009
 
During the 1992 Presidential Campaign one of the Most Effective Campaign Slogans used by James Carville and Paul Begala for the Victorious Clinton Campaign was "Change or More of the Same?"
 
Fast Forward to 2009. A New Administration is now in Charge. The Republican Incumbant has been replaced by a Democrat. The Democrats Control Congress. And within the State Department there has been a Change in the Buearu of African Affairs.
 
What does this mean for US Policy?

The Major Change in US Policy Towards Africa is the Face. Leaving the Post is Jeyndai Frazier. A Former Ambassador to South Africa who played a role in the Negotiations that led to the Unity Government in Kenya.
 
In Comes Johnny Carson. He is Another African Hand who has in the Past been Ambassador to Uganda and Zimbabwe among other postings.
 
One could wonder how much US Policy Towards Africa would Change with the Obama Administration Taking over from George W. Bush?  After all the Incoming Administration announced it was review the Policies of the Previous Administration.

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How will the US Policy Towards Africa change with the New Undersecretary of State for African Affairs?

So What are the Priorities in Africa? At this time the Consensus are Darfur, Somalia and in Increasing Numbers lately the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
 
The Grassroots Concern regarding the Situations in both Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been heard by Official Washington. Somalia is a concern due to Events in both Minnesota in the Gulf of Aden.
 
It was clear that US Policy towards Zimbabwe moved from the criticism of the various Human Rights Abuses being Committed by Robert Mugabe and his ruling party to giving the Unity Government with Morgan Tvsangiari a chance to work. It appears that the State Department now is skeptical about whether the Power Sharing Accord will work.
 
Speaking of Power Sharing Accords: The One in Kenya is now on increasingly shaky ground. Recently Al-Shahbabb the Islamist Movement in Somalia with reputed ties to Al-Qaida has threatened Nairobi.
 
Also when it comes to Somalia the Interim Somali Government has stated that it has evidence that Eritrea is intefering within Somalia. Recently the Obama Administration criticized Asmara over Freedom of the Press. Two Questions now come to light:
 
1.) Will Washington criticize Eritrea over this?
 
2.) Will Washington criticize other Places where Freedom of the Press is a luxury such as The Gambia?
 
Other situations that the Administration may have to Address:
 
A Reported New Offensive by Chadian Rebels
 
The Upcoming Elections in Ethiopia
 
Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
 
Al-Qaida in the Sahel Region
 
The Potential for a Coup in Zimbabwe

This article contributed by Scott A Morgan

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