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Anatomy of an Overthrow: How an African Leader was Toppled

A council of combined security forces known as the Derg staged a coup d’état on September 12, 1974 against Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I, arresting and imprisoning the monarch who had ruled for decades. The committee renamed itself the Provisional Military Administrative Council, took control of the government, soon abolished the monarchy and established Marxism-Leninism […]

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American Ambassadors of African Descent — Oral Histories

(As of April 2016) A Adams, Samuel Clifford Jr. Aggrey, Rudolph Alexander, Leslie M. (pictured with Bill Richardson)   B Barnes, Shirley Elisabeth Britton, Theodore R. Jr. – 1981 Britton, Theodore R. Jr. – 1989   C Carrington, Walter C. (pictured) Carter, William Beverly Cook, Mercer   D Dudley, Edward R. Jr. – 1981 (pictured) Dudley Edward Richard […]

South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

After nearly 50 years of brutal apartheid in South Africa, it is almost impossible to imagine how people could coexist peacefully. However, the new, post-apartheid government demonstrated the power of reconciliation, which eventually served as a blueprint for similar initiatives throughout the world. Apartheid, the racial segregation system in South Africa, lasted from 1948 to […]

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The Mind of the African Strongman

Back to Diplomats and Diplomacy The Mind of the African Strongman — Conversations with Dictators, Statesmen, and Father Figures “Hank Cohen’s experience in Africa and access to a wide array of historic African leaders are unparalleled. This unique book provides important lessons from the continent’s past and insights for its future.”       ––Kenneth L. Brown, formerly […]

Celebrating the Leadership of America’s Ambassadors of African Descent

Ask any five people on an American college campus or maybe even on the streets of any major city, to name the first Black American that comes to their mind when they think of U.S. foreign affairs. I can almost guarantee that the majority of them will mention the names of either Secretaries of State, […]

The Search for Peace in Southern Africa – Oil, Angola, and the Proxy Wars

During the Cold War, the United States and the USSR engaged in a zero-sum game throughout the globe; while mutually assured destruction prevented the two nuclear superpowers from fighting a hot war, they did conduct an extensive war of proxies on nearly every continent. In the 1970s, just as Saigon – and American influence in […]

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A Never-ending Tragedy — The Onset of the AIDS Crisis in Africa

The spread of AIDS in Africa in the 1980s and 90s presented unique challenges for U.S. diplomats suddenly faced with a public health epidemic. Not only did local hospitals and medical resources become overrun, diplomatic communities and Americans living abroad were threatened by the emergence of HIV/AIDS. While countries such as Uganda implemented crucial AIDS […]

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African Wars

Back to Diplomats and Diplomacy African Wars: A Defense Intelligence Perspective “I have never read anything quite like it: It is original in providing historical accounts from the perspective of the military and what an American analyst would consider important events in African wars. Comparable books would not have access to the kind of data […]

Fifty Years of U.S. Africa Policy

Back to Memoirs and Occasional Papers Fifty Years of U.S. Africa Policy:Reflections of Assistant Secretaries for African Affairs and U.S. Embassy Officials Fifteen men and women have occupied the position of Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. They charted the course of U.S. Africa policy for fifty years that spanned the dawn of African […]

Intervening in Africa

Back to Diplomats and Diplomacy Intervening in Africa: Superpower Peacemaking in a Troubled Continent “Here are wisdom and insight (and adventure) from some of the best years of US Africa policy by the man who made it…. [R]equired reading for anyone interested in knowing how foreign relations should be practiced and the difficulty of doing […]