Bureau of African Affairs

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Bureau of African Affairs
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Bureau overview
Formed 1958
Jurisdiction Executive branch of the United States
Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building, Washington, D.C., United States
Bureau executive
Parent department U.S. Department of State
Website www.state.gov/p/af/

In the United States Government, the Bureau of African Affairs (AF) is part of the U.S. Department of State and is charged with advising the Secretary of State on matters of Sub-Saharan Africa. The bureau was established in 1958. It is headed by the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who reports to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.


The offices of the Bureau of African Affairs direct, coordinate, and supervise U.S. government activities within the region, including political, economic, consular, public diplomacy, and administrative management issues.[1][2]


  1. ^ "State Department Student Internship Brochure" (PDF). U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Human Resources. September 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1 FAM 120 Bureau of African Affairs (AF)". Foreign Affairs Manual. U.S. Department of State. October 13, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 

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