Terrorism and Instability in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, May 10, 2016 [open pdf - 642KB]
This testimony compilation is from the May 10, 2016 hearing "Terrorism and Instability in Sub-Saharan Africa" before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the statement of Linda Thomas-Greenfield: "The United States is committed to partnering with the people and governments of Africa to promote democracy, peace and prosperity. Africa is home to the world's youngest and fastest growing population. It presents significant opportunities for transformation and growth as well as significant challenges. The overall trends in sub-Saharan Africa point to accelerated democratization, development, and economic opportunity. Serious and seemingly intractable conflicts in Angola, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, and Sierra Leone have ended and those countries are in the process of rebuilding. We have seen several significant electoral successes during the past year. Although Africa remains the world's least developed continent, average real per capita income has been increasing steadily over the last decade and a half and the middle class is slowly growing. However, in spite of these positive trends, instability and conflict persist in parts of the continent. This instability has a direct bearing on U.S. national interests and those of our closest allies. Poorly governed localities have been and remain a breeding ground for extremists that seek to do us harm. Underlining the scale of the stability challenges facing Africa, eight of the ten largest United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions in the world are currently deployed in Sub-Saharan Africa." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Linda Etim, Justin Siberell, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, and Christopher Fomunyoh.
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