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U.S Senator Russ Feingold, Chairman
of the Subcommittee on African Affairs
I have served on the Subcommittee on African Affairs since
first coming to the Senate in 1993, and have served as both
Chairman and Ranking Member. As the current Chairman, I am
continuing my efforts to make sure we seriously address the
region's conflicts, humanitarian and health crises, and governance
I have had the opportunity to visit a number of African nations,
where I have met with government officials and members of
civil society to examine the complex problems they face, and
to evaluate how the United States can support their political,
economic, and social development.
I have been particularly active in speaking out against the
genocide in Darfur.
I have cosponsored legislation, including a resolution declaring
the atrocities in Darfur as genocide and the Darfur Peace
and Accountability Act. I have also consistently pressed the
Administration to ensure that the perpetrators of the genocide
be held accountable, and to expand the existing peacekeeping
mission to secure a lasting peace.
Africa's weak and failing states provide havens for international
criminals. Lawless areas, corrupt officials, and inadequate
infrastructure present favorable conditions for terrorist
training and financing, which presents a serious and far-reaching
security threat. I have pressed the Administration to address
weak and failing states, particularly Somalia.
Recently, I chaired a hearing of the African Affairs Subcommittee
on the immediate and underlying causes and consequences of
Kenya’s flawed election. View the transcript here.