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Vol 50 No 14

Published 10th July 2009

Washington's Africa team takes shape

After years of marginalisation and under-staffing, the African Affairs bureau of the State Department is beginning to attract strong interest from the other regional bureaux. The first key appointment of the new team was that of veteran diplomat Johnnie Carson as Assistant Secretary of State for Africa in May. Within days of his appointment, Carson left Washington for Nairobi on a three-day visit during which he made clear his concerns about 'the way politics may be going'.

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