The USA pays attention to Africa but it would be wise to pay much more attention. The last time I was on the continent, China was doing much to buy up resources and to get a greater presence on the continent. We need to be the ones to partner with African nations. So many African nations have big problems – from ebola to Muslims kidnapping and killing Christians – that have an impact on us or could have an impact on us.
While I know the traffic is going to be a nightmare in DC this week with all the African leaders in town, it is well worth the inconvenience.