The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation held its African Braintrust a week ago here in Washington, DC. Sadly the turnout was disappointing considering what the subject matter was. After the panel on Education and Health Care which is one of the major issues that will impact the Continent for the next decade the crowd shrank for the panel on Security and Democracy.
It was refreshing to see the concerns split into Anglophone and Francophone Countries as there is a unique pattern unfolding on the Continent. For the most part the Islamist Insurgents with the exception of Nigeria and Somalia are in French Speaking Countries. However the issue of those President extending their terms of office by manipulating the Constitutional Process are also in Francophone Countries with the exception being Uganda.
However initiatives such as Power Africa are targeting only the English Speaking Countries such as Kenya and Nigeria.
Could a language barrier be hindering US Policy?
There are also reports that the US has moved some UAVs into Northern Cameroon as well. There is no information regarding whether or not if they are playing any role in the current offensive in Borno State by the Nigerian Army at this time. But things do happen for a specific reason. This could be a case of the US following through with the promises made by SECSTATE Kerry during his recent trip to Abuja.
Also the DOD has announced that Cessna will be awarded a $24 Million Contract to provide six Caravan Aircraft to Cameroon, Chad and the Philippines. These aircraft will be configured for ISR (Intelligence,Surveillance and Reconnaissance) Operations. Most likely both Chad and Cameroon will use these platforms to deal with the Boko Haram issue.
The US is also taking part in a sideline meeting at the United Nations General Assembly currently underway in New York. Even though the Bab-al-Mandeb is a vital waterway where 3% of the World's Oil passes through on a daily basis attacks there by piracy have actually been on the decrease. UN Figures actually have noticed an uptick in similar acts taking place in the Gulf of Guinea region. When will the UN pay attention to this?
Something to keep an eye on: The Election Appeal that is currently underway in Gabon should have a decision released soon. Keep an eye on this as violence is expected if the appeal is denied