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Bureau of African Affairs

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In the U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of African Affairs administers U.S. policy with 48 countries and one international organization. It also deals with multinational affairs.

Bureau Jurisdiction

The Bureau is headed by the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, currently Johnnie Carson. There are four supporting positions:

  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary (Central and Eastern Africa)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary (Southern Africa)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary (Economic policy and Western Africa)

Multinational interests





Possible restructuring

Unrepresented and disputed areas