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.
Satellites have been used with great effect to confirm human rights abuses and war crimes. Now they will try to 'follow the money' and track those aiding war in East Africa and beyond.
One father traveling overseas realizes finding a babysitter in the US is full of decisions unknown to parents in other parts of the world, who raise their kids to help care for their siblings.
Last month President Xi Jinping told President Macky Sall of Senegal that China and Africa are completely intertwined and interdependent.
The Ugandan Army quickly crossed into South Sudan on behalf of the government when fighting broke out in December. That may have started something.