Assistant Secretary of State For African Affairs
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Assistant Secretary of State For African Affairs

United States
Assistant Secretary of State
for African Affairs
U.S. Department of State official seal.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State
Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. official photo.jpg
Tibor P. Nagy, Jr.

since July 23, 2018
Reports toUnder Secretary of State for Political Affairs
NominatorPresident of the United States
Inaugural holderJoseph C. Satterthwaite
FormationSeptember 1958
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs is the head of the Bureau of African Affairs within the United States Department of State, who guides operation of the U.S. diplomatic establishment in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa and advises the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.[1]

On July 18, 1958, Congress authorized an eleventh Assistant Secretary of State, enabling the Department of State to create a bureau to deal with relations with the newly independent nations of Africa. At first, when the Department of State established three geographical divisions in 1909, African affairs were the responsibility of the Divisions of Near Eastern and Western European Affairs. Department Order No. 692 of June 15, 1937 transferred responsibility for all African territories except Algeria and the Union of South Africa to the Division of Near Eastern Affairs. A Division of African Affairs was created in the office of Near Eastern Affairs in January 1944. When the Bureau of Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs was created, there continued to be a Division of African Affairs within that bureau.[2]

List of Assistant Secretaries of State for African Affairs


Portrait Name Assumed Office Left Office President served under
JosephSattherwaite.jpg Joseph C. Satterthwaite September 2, 1958 January 31, 1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy
G. Mennen Williams February 1, 1961 March 23, 1966 John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson
Joseph Palmer II April 11, 1966 July 7, 1969 Lyndon B. Johnson
David D. Newsom July 17, 1969 January 13, 1974 Richard Nixon
Donald B. Easum March 18, 1974 March 26, 1975 Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford
Nathaniel Davis April 2, 1975 December 18, 1975 Gerald Ford
Schaufele.JPG William E. Schaufele, Jr. December 19, 1975 July 17, 1977 Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter
Richard M. Moose July 6, 1977 January 16, 1981 Jimmy Carter
Chester Crocker June 9, 1981 April 21, 1989 Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush
Herman Jay Cohen May 12, 1989 February 26, 1993 George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton
George Moose April 2, 1993 August 22, 1997 Bill Clinton
Susan Rice, official State Dept photo portrait, 2009.jpg Susan E. Rice October 9, 1997 January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
Walter Kansteiner 0702.jpg Walter H. Kansteiner, III June 4, 2001 November 1, 2003 George W. Bush
Charles R. Snyder (Acting)[3] November 1, 2003 June 27, 2004 George W. Bush
Constance Berry Newman.jpg Constance Berry Newman June 24, 2004 August 26, 2005 George W. Bush
Wwwjambfrazer.jpg Jendayi Frazer August 29, 2005 January 20, 2009 George W. Bush
Johnnie carson africom 2009.jpg Johnnie Carson May 7, 2009 March 30, 2013 Barack Obama
Donald Y Yamamoto.jpg Donald Yamamoto March 30, 2013 August 5, 2013 Barack Obama
Linda Thomas-Greenfield 2013.jpg Linda Thomas-Greenfield August 6, 2013 March 10, 2017 Barack Obama and Donald Trump
Donald Y Yamamoto.jpg Donald Yamamoto (Acting) September 5, 2017 July 22, 2018 Donald Trump
Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. official photo (cropped).jpg Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. July 23, 2018 present Donald Trump


  1. ^ "Bureau of African Affairs". Retrieved 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Assistant Secretaries of State for African Affairs". Retrieved 2007.
  3. ^ "Snyder, Charles R." Retrieved 2017.

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