The following regions and issues are among those critical to both short- and long-term US interests. They should draw greater US attention and diplomatic efforts.
The genocide in Rwanda was an emblematic failure of the international community. The world has since made important strides in acting on those lessons, but this work still faces setbacks. The international community cannot claim to care about atrocity crimes and then shrink from the commitment required to prevent them – whether in the Central African Republic or Syria.
A spirit of nihilism in Nigeria's north country ramps up even as corruption in the capitol seems more pronounced and problematic.
For the most part, Africans used to get along with gays and homosexuals even if they might not agree with the behavior. Then came 2013 and widespread retribution.
Moral concerns appear to have outweighed public disapproval of the deployment in the national assembly's vote Tuesday.
France talked 'genocide' to advocate peacekeepers. But the term is abused. A longer term solution: local elections, spreading small cash, support of new president Samba-Panza.
Rebels from South Sudan sent three women to Addis Ababa. But the government sent none. Syria talks in Geneva lack any women participants.