Washington, DC — The 4 years of the Trump Administration has severely broken U.S. overseas coverage in quite a lot of methods! The framing of the Trump agenda as “America First”, has meant that the remainder of the world, together with Africa and the African world within the Caribbean and elsewhere, has suffered tremendously! “Black Lives” actually didn’t matter a lot for the Trump Administration right here within the U.S. or globally!
U.S. coverage in direction of Africa, has additionally been severely broken! Early in his time period, President Trump set the tone by fully denigrating African international locations as, “xxxx gap international locations”, with little or nothing to supply the world. President Trump has waged warfare and has gutted the U.S. International Coverage institution, together with the State Division, the US Company for Worldwide Improvement, commerce companies, and different authorities entities that implement insurance policies and applications in Africa and different areas of the world!
Maybe worst of all is that President Trump eliminated all Black Ambassadors in Africa, excluding three, Ambassador Tulinabo Mushingi in Senegal, Ambassador Natalie Brown in Uganda, and Ambassador Brian Nichols in Zimbabwe. Many African-People and different People of African descent, who spent their careers in assist of overseas coverage, retired or had been inspired to go away the system throughout the Trump administration!
The Constituency for Africa (CFA), a Washington, DC coverage advocacy group, has successfully advocated because the early 90s, for the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs to be an African-American! In 1993 Ambassador George E. Moose was appointed by President Invoice Clinton, as the primary African-American in historical past to carry this place!
All succeeding Assistant Secretaries for Africa had been African-People, with the one exception of Ambassador Walter Kansteiner, who served because the Assistant Secretary for Africa within the administration of Republican George W. Bush, who appointed Common Colin Powell because the Secretary of State, and Condolezza Rice because the Nationwide Safety Advisor! The truth that Common Powell and Dr. Rice are each Black, actually left me with little or no room to argue!
Different African-People who served within the place of Assistant Secretary for African Affairs since Ambassador Moose had been:
- Ambassador Susan Rice (Clinton)
- Ambassador Constance Berry Newman (George W. Bush)
- Ambassador Jendayi Frazer (George W. Bush)
- Ambassador Johnnie Carson (Obama)
- Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield (Obama)
President Trump appointed Ambassador Tibor Nagy, as his Assistant Secretary for African Affairs. Ambassador Nagy, who’s a Hungarian immigrant, is a nice sufficient man, and mirrored the Trump overseas coverage, however actually did little within the 4 years to advance any important Africa coverage agenda.
CFA’s President Melvin Foote, is urging the Biden/Harris Administration to think about an African-American or different People of African descent, to fill the place of Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Mentioned Foote, “This can be very necessary that the Biden/Harris Administration take into account Black candidates for this critically necessary place at this time limit.
Whereas the challenges domestically in coping with COVID-19, will definitely occupy the energies of President Biden and Vice President Harris, it is vitally necessary that we as a rustic attain out to the continent, in a means that may rebuild confidence that the U.S. values partnership with Africa and with African individuals.”
Foote additional acknowledged, “It was very onerous for me these previous 4 years to take a look at the U.S. Ambassadorial corps in Africa in international locations like, Ghana, South Africa, Namibia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and most others – all with white U.S. Ambassadors!
Not solely had been the Ambassadors white — and for positive there are many white African specialists with large data and deep ardour for Africa — however for essentially the most half, Trump’s Ambassador Corps in Africa, had been whites people with little or no data about Africa or the international locations they had been serving in, and little to contribute when it comes to any severe coverage agenda.
Whereas the bench has just about been cleared of certified Black candidates throughout the Trump administration, nonetheless there are a selection of Blacks who may and needs to be no less than thought-about. My brief listing of doable candidates would come with the next:
- Ambassador Michael Battle, who previously served because the US Ambassador to the African Union;
- Ambassador Rueben Brigety, who’s now the Vice-Chancellor for the College of the South, and who previously served because the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union;
- Ambassador Susan Web page, former U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan;
- Ambassador Robin R. Sanders, who previously served because the U.S. Ambassador within the Republic of the Congo and in Nigeria;
- Ambassador Harry Thomas, who served as Ambassador to Zimbabwe; and,
- Ambassador Jendayi Frazer, who served within the place with distinction within the George W. Bush Administration. Selecting somebody like Ambassador Frazer, would even be seen as a chance to achieve throughout the aisle and to indicate unity and to attempt to heal our nation, after the brutal 2020 elections.”
Now that the brand new Secretary of State, Honorable Antony Blinken has been confirmed by the Senate, these of us who observe Africa, will flip our consideration to the necessary job of Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs!
“Black Lives do Matter” right here!