Chairman Royce on the hearing: “As a former chairman of the Africa subcommittee, I know a stable and prosperous Africa benefits us all.  That is why I have long worked to strengthen U.S. ties with African countries – advancing policies that promote good governance and help lift people out of poverty.  From security threats to economic opportunities, the United States has a number of strategic interests throughout Africa.  This hearing will allow members to discuss policies that have been successful and what more can be done to strengthen important relationships all through the continent.”

Opening Statements

Chairman Royce’s opening statement


General William E. Ward, USA, Retired
President and Chief Operating Officer
SENTEL Corporation
(Former Commander, U.S. Africa Command)
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Mr. Bryan Christy
Explorer and Investigative Reporter
National Geographic Society
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Mr. Anthony Carroll
Adjunct Professor
School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

The Honorable Reuben E. Brigety II
Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
(Former U.S. Representative to the African Union, U.S. Department of State)
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]


Hearing transcript (PDF)