Tag Archives: Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Former President Sirleaf to Focus on Increasing Women Representation in Africa

Former President Sirleaf to Focus on Increasing Women Representation in Africa

Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced a plan to increase the representation of women in top leadership roles across sub-Saharan Africa through her Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development.

OP-ED: What Happened in Vegas is What Happens in Liberia

Over the past week and a half, my social media feeds have been flooded with pictures and musings from Liberian journalists in the United States, primarily as a result of a meeting of the Association of Liberian Journalists in the United States.

OP-ED: Michelle Obama’s Visit Follows Historical Template of Superficial US Engagement in Liberia

On Monday, Michelle Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha in tow, touches down in Liberia for a day. The US first lady will not set foot in the capital, her two public events will be at a school in Unification Town and at the Peace Corps training facility in Kakata. No sooner will the Obama’s have arrived and they will be on their way to Morocco.

OP-ED: Why the Surge of Concern for Liberia’s Ability to Fight Islamic Terrorism is Misplaced

In March, the Ivorian coastal resort town of Grand Bassam was targeted by Islamic militants linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. This event seems to be the primary calculus behind the new alarm. Thomas-Greenfield’s view was shared by the UN Panel of Experts on Liberia, whose final report stated that “terrorist attacks in Côte d’Ivoire heighten security concerns in Liberia.”

Amidst Progress, America’s Chief Africa Diplomat Warns of Economic & Security Challenges

The US State Department’s chief diplomat for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, delivered an address entitled ‘Securing a Peaceful and Prosperous Future for Liberia’ yesterday at the African Methodist Episcopal University. Thomas-Greenfield served as the US Ambassador to Liberia from 2008–2012 and began her remarks by noting, “Every day since I left, I’ve missed Liberia.”