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The African Diaspora gives meaning to vice president’s historic trip
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The African Diaspora gives meaning to vice president’s historic trip

Anne Griffin writes on how Vice President Kamala Harris' trip to Africa could spell greater efforts to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between the continent and the United States.

Vice President Kamala Harris’ historic Africa trip to Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia may be over, but the economic and cultural legacy will be felt for years to come.

The trip comes just as the U.S. is resetting its relationship with the continent. In August, the White House released a new U.S.-Africa strategy followed by the fanfare of the U.S.-African Leaders Summit in December, where 49 African heads of state convened in Washington.

Over the last three months, five Cabinet members and 18 senior U.S. officials traveled to Africa. Harris’ trip reinforces the new U.S. posture toward Africa, setting the stage for the president’s own travel to the continent later this year.

The above excerpt was originally published in Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. Click here to view the full article.

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Author

Anne Griffin

Senior Fellow

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National Security and International Policy

Advancing progressive national security policies that are grounded in respect for democratic values: accountability, rule of law, and human rights.

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