While it is undoubtedly a fact that President Barack Obama is forced to concentrate immediately on the global financial crisis and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are numerous issues in Africa that also are pressing and need immediate attention. The Sullivan Foundation has presented a white paper on U.S. policy toward Africa to the incoming Administration and the new Congress that listed numerous pressing challenges in Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, as well as potential serious problems even in nations such as Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. See the complete white paper at: http://thesullivanfoundation.org/foundation/documents/RaisingtheLevelofEngagement.pdf
There is a strong possibility that the new Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Affairs may not be selected and sworn in for months. The challenges facing Africa cannot wait for a prolonged confirmation process. We think this process must be accelerated. What do you think?