Ambassador Charles Stith
Topic: The Obama "Affect" on Africa
Ambassador Charles Stith will discuss U.S.Africa relations in the Obama era. The United States has vital economic and security interests in Africa that must be addressed within the context of these complex and troubling times. Ambassador Stith will address how the Obama administration must balance its human rights concerns for issues like Darfur, Congo, and Zimbabwe, with human development needs that are served by such initiatives as the Millennium Challenge Account, the Africa Education Initiative, and the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
Ambassador Charles Stith is the Director of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University. He presented his Letter of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the United Republic of Tanzania in 1998, and served as the Ambassador in the traumatic period after the August 1998 bombing of the United States Embassy in Dar es Salaam.