5 key regions that require more attention from the US

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.

2. Africa

There is a growing presence of Al Qaeda franchises across Africa and the Sahel. Conflicts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and Congo, among other countries, threaten stability and have created humanitarian crises.

At the same time, the continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, presenting opportunities for US investment and trade.

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