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America’s Vital 21st-Century ‘Partnership With Africa’ — and Kenya’s Key Role

America’s Vital 21st-Century ‘Partnership With Africa’ — and Kenya’s Key Role

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The state visit to Washington last week by Kenya’s President William Ruto provides a moment in which to assess not simply a major U.S. bilateral partnership in Africa, but the progress of the United States’ declared intent to build a strategic partnership with the continent overall. The U.S. government in 2022 declared that partnership vital to U.S. interests — a recognition of Africa’s rising economic potential and its inevitably central role in all efforts to build global stability and prosperity in this century. Former assistant secretary of state for Africa Johnnie Carson, now a senior advisor at USIP, assessed the visit and the progress in building that new, transatlantic partnership.

Type: Question and Answer

Global Policy

Kenya, a Key U.S. Partner, Needs Help to Foster Peace in Africa and Beyond

Kenya, a Key U.S. Partner, Needs Help to Foster Peace in Africa and Beyond

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

This week’s state visit to the United States by Kenya’s president — the first by an African head of state in over 15 years — is meant ceremonially to celebrate 60 years of formal U.S.-Kenyan relations. But Kenya’s current importance for America lies in its role as a valued partner, especially on the continent with the world’s fastest-growing population. President William Ruto can underscore both imperatives and opportunities for U.S. roles across the continent that will shape security and prosperity for next generations of Americans and Africans. Urgent issues include averting catastrophic famine in East Africa and activating economic investment to support stability and democratization.

Type: Analysis

Global Policy

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