People look at damage in a market area after a bomb explosion in Borno State, Nigeria. (March 2, 2014.)
Fighting and deadly attacks against innocent civilians continue in South Sudan, despite an agreement signed on January 23 to cease hostilities.
USAID is committing more than $130 million to build resilience in NIger and Burkina Faso over the first two years of this initiative.
The United States strongly condemns the attack on Villa Somalia and extends its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed in the assault.
Secretary of State John Kerry made a recent unannounced visit to Tunisia [February 18] to meet with senior officials to discuss progress Tunisia has made in democratic reform.
A continuing drought has wreaked havoc on food supplies in Zimbabwe. Humanitarian aid from the international community has been forthcoming every year since 2000 when farm production started to fall.
Wildlife trafficking threatens security and the rule of law, helping to finance the operations of a number of armed insurgent groups in Africa.
The people of the C.A.R. must seize the opportunity afforded by the newly appointed transitional leadership and a strong level of international concern and support to end the crisis and move forward.
Even as al-Qa’ida’s capacity to fund and carry out terrorist activity has been successfully diminished by international counterterrorism efforts, it continues to operate through its affiliates.
The government agreed on January 23 to the release of all detainees, but four remain in custody.
"There is new hope, new signs of democracy at work, and a new president who was elected with the highest voter turn-out in [Mali's] history."
Every ransom paid to a terrorist organization provides incentives for future kidnapping operations.
A new president has taken office in Madagascar, the island nation’s first democratically elected leader since 2009 when former President Marc Ravalomanana was forced from office in a coup.
The United States is deeply concerned about the renewed violence in the Central African Republic, which is developing into an increasingly inter-religious conflict.
The government of South Sudan and the rebel forces that are contesting its authority have signed a cessation of hostilities agreement.
The United States welcomes Catherine Samba-Panza’s selection as interim leader.
The New Alliance and Feed the Future both support country-driven approaches to development .
“In the course of the last [few years], we have seen dramatic escalation in wildlife trafficking.”
A cease-fire needed to allow talks to proceed has been elusive.
C.A.R.’s transitional assembly, the national transition council, is meeting now to work toward forming a new government.
The Sahel and West African region is emerging as a hub and corridor for trafficking in hard drugs, as well as a transit and production point for synthetic drugs.
United Nations officials estimate that more than 1,000 people may have been killed since fighting started there last month.
A recently formed terrorist group, the al-Mulathamun Battalion, has been added to the U.S. Department of State list of Designated Foreign Terrorist Groups.
Mali has regained its eligibility for trade benefits under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
2013 ended without long-awaited elections in Guinea-Bissau aimed at fully restoring the troubled West African nation to democratic rule.
Leaders from Kenya and Ethiopia have laid the groundwork for a possible end to the violence and ethnic targeting raging in South Sudan.
The United States condemns the continued attacks by all armed groups against innocent civilians and against the African and French peacekeeping troops.
Now is the time for South Sudan’s leaders to rein in armed groups under their control, immediately cease attacks on civilians and end the chain of retributive violence between different ethnic and political groups.
The United States welcomes the peace declarations by the DRC government and the M23 rebel group, signed on December 5 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The United States is supporting efforts by the African Union Regional Task Force to end the LRA threat, including through support for LRA members who wish to defect.
The international community is stepping up efforts to quell escalating ethnic and religious violence in the Central African Republic
President Barack Obama’s campaign to double the number of people in Sub-Saharan Africa with access to electrical power is picking up steam
Long before he died on December 5th, he had become the symbol of his nation, the father of his country.
The United States remains committed to ending extreme poverty through a new public-private model of development that can achieve broader results beyond public investment alone.
The security situation in the Central African Republic appears to get worse by the day, as the nation’s de facto president loses control of the loose coalition of militia groups that have supported him since he seized power.
Over the last ten years, American families have opened their hearts and homes to more than 200,000 children from other countries.
A U.S. court has sentenced two Somali pirates to life in prison without the prospect of parole for their role in high-jacking a private yacht.
The United States has designated the Boko Haram and Ansaru militant groups that are creating havoc in Nigeria as international terrorist organizations.
The United States Department of State is offering a reward of up to $1 million dollars for information leading to the dismantling of the Xaysavang Network.
A rebel group blamed for killing scores of civilians and displacing tens of thousands more in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced the end of its rebellion and is seeking a peace agreement with the government.