On March 28 USIP hosted a presentation by Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman who recently concluded visits to five key African states. Wendy Sherman shared her observations about the importance of a holistic approach to sustained political and social development, as well as economic growth.

How is the United States working with its African partners as they seek to harness Africa’s economic potential?  How can Africa become the dynamic driver for the global economy?  As African nations strive toward sustainable democratic economies, how can they overcome global trends, such as terrorism, the “youth bulge,” food and energy insecurity, adaptation to climate change, among many others? 

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, recently concluded visits to five key African states – Kenya, Nigeria, Angola, Zambia, and Malawi.  Sherman’s first visit to Africa as undersecretary focused on strengthening strategic partnerships on political reform, security, and social development as well as expanding economic opportunities. 

In her presentation at USIP, Sherman shared her observations about the importance of a holistic approach to sustained political and social development, and economic growth, and how the U.S. government is partnering with Africans as they work to bring about a more prosperous and stable Africa.

USIP was pleased to host this presentation because of its ongoing commitment to building peace and resolving conflict with partners in Nigeria, Kenya, the two Sudans, and other African states.

Read Sherman's speech as written [PDF]

Featuring

  • Wendy Sherman
    Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Tara Sonenshine, Introductory Remarks
    Executive Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Raymond Gilpin, Moderator
    Director, Center for Sustainable Economies, U.S. Institute of Peace

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