Barack Obama “Discovered” Africa for America
The theme of the US Africa Summit held in Washington DC, in August 2014, was “Investing in the Next Generation”. This 3 day summit was the first such summit organized between America and Africa. President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States took the initiative to hold the Summit. Fifty African Heads of State and government officials had been invited. The leaders attending the summit discussed several issues, e.g. peace and security, trade, investment, health, energy, good governance, women and youth. There are many reasons for the US to conduct the summit at this time. We can see that on an individual level, domestic level and systemic level of analysis. On the individual level of analysis the role of President Obama comes forward. Moreover John Kerry, US Secretary of State, and Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield who leads the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs played a great role in organizing the Summit. While president Obama thanked Kerry for his great work, the latter also thanked Thomas-Greenfield for her great achievement.