- Controlling the epidemic at its source in West Africa;
- Mitigating second-order impacts, including blunting the economic, social, and political tolls in the region;
- Engaging and coordinating with a broader global audience; and,
- Fortifying global health security infrastructure in the region and beyond, including within the United States.
"We will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people." —President Obama on ordering American armed forces to begin targeted airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria
"I believe that we’re strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together." —President Obama on the Congressional authorization to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces so they can take the fight to ISIL
President Obama on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, September 16, 2014
Learn more about the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic here.
"Thirteen years after small and hateful minds conspired to break us, America stands tall and America stands proud." —President Obama marking the anniversary of the September 11 attacks
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Just last month, President Obama hosted a spectacular and historic summit in Washington of more than 40 heads of state from Sub-Saharan Africa. Never before had there been such an ambitious American outreach to this enormous continent, a fact all the more remarkable because it is home to more than 1 billion people — people who also happen to be current or potential consumers and partners for American businesses. When asked – as political and economic observers do of all international summits — whether the event made any difference, my answer is a resounding “yes.”
Read more about the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on DipNote.