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Amb. Robin Renee Sanders
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Dr. Robin Renée Sanders previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria from 2007-2010. Prior to that she served as International Advisor and Deputy Commandant at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. Prior to this position, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Congo and as Director for Public Diplomacy for Africa for the State Department. She served twice as the Director for Africa at the National Security Council at the White House. Dr. Sanders holds a Doctor of Science Degree in Information Systems and Communication from Robert Morris University, Master of Art degree in International Relations and Africa Studies, and a Master of Science degree in Communications and Journalism from Ohio University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Hampton University. Dr. Sanders is the recipient of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Civilian Honor Award; three State Department Superior Honor Awards; four State Department Meritorious Honor Awards; the “Presidential Merit of Honor Award” from the Republic of Congo, and several citations in Who’s Who of America, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for her academic, public service, and leadership. She is on the global advisory board of Operation Hope - a non-profit organization focused on empowerment of at-risk communities, and on the Board of the National Museum of African Art and Human Rights Watch.

Entries by Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

Nigeria's New President Lays Out "The Buhari Doctrine"

(35) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 10:50 PM

May 29, 2015 -- date of the power shift, paradigm shift, political shift marking the New Democratic Dispensation for Nigeria and its people. May 29, 2015 ushered in in a New Nigerian President -- General Muhammadu Buhari -- who gracefully, but emphatically laid out his change-agent strategies for Africa's most...

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Nigeria's 2015 Presidential Elections: A Seismic Shift in the Political Landscape

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 5:22 PM

Opinion Piece from a 2015 International Election Observer

What Nigeria's Elections Means for the Country, For Continent; Voters are the election "super heroes;" Unflappable INEC Chairman Jega Nobel Peace Prize-Worthy

Nigeria, over the last year, was known in the news for a few key things summed...

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US-Africa Relationship, Key Elements Following Historic US-Africa Summit

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 9:38 PM

Today's global landscape is much, much different than it was 5 years ago, or even earlier this year with the surge of the Islamic State, wrath of Nigeria's Boko Haram, Crimea's annexation, and continuing Syrian and Libyan conflicts.

These are extraordinary times as world challenges...

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U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit: Let's Ensure It's on the Positive Side of History

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 8:53 PM

If you are an Africa-hand, activist or development partner, you are either directly or indirectly involved with the upcoming Washington, D.C. August 4-6, 2014, U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit. Fundamentally, the event is incredibly historic as it will be the first time that a sitting U.S. president has invited all the leaders...

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African Legislatures in African Democracies: The Need to Be Both Transformative and Transactional

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 6:55 PM

A FEEEDS blogspot

Discussions about African democracies have generally focus on good governance, leadership, and transparency of the executive branches, with less attention on the pivotal role that legislatures (particularly at the subnational level) have to play in further advancing the continent's democratic processes today. So how can African legislatures...

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Ambassador Sanders' U.S. Congress Testimony on Boko Haram

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 4:55 AM

The Nigerian Security Services in the Face of Boko Haram:
Current Nigerian security services have never experienced anything like what they are facing with Boko Haram. They need to understand that Boko Haram is unlike the Niger Delta conflict and that play book is not the approach for...

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The Kenya Attack by al-Shabaab: Lesson Learned and Lessons Still to Be Learned

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 8:24 AM


The devastating attack on Kenya's Westgate Mall on September 21, in addition to the horrifying massacre and loss of life and the fear it has put in the hearts of Kenyans, also unfortunately underscores some strategic concerns that I have raised in many of my national security...

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Addressing Africa's Energy Gap for Economic Development: Key Elements --Demographics and Infrastructure

(9) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 2:59 PM

One of the key issues for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSAfrica) is bridging the energy-infrastructure gap the region has and the impact of these sectors on the region's overall development. Yes, we have all heard the stories that 7-8 of the fastest growing economies in the world today are in Sub-Saharan Africa....

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Sub-Saharan Africa 2013: Striving to Be a More Perfect Continent

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 9:50 AM

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSAfrica) today is not your mother's Africa. It is a region that continues to undergo for the most part positive political and economic changes. Many more of its 48 countries are embracing democratic change, holding free and fair elections, and moving forward as key players on...

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The 5th BRICS Summit: Lessons for the "Developed" World

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 11:57 AM

A FEEEDS Series blogspot

Since May 2010, I have suggested re-coining the term BRICs which, as we all know, focuses on the economic prowess and growth rates of Brazil, Russia, India, China and in Africa only South Africa. BRICA would be more inclusive of the success and influence...

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Mobile Services and E-Empowerment -- The Developing World Has the Advantage

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 1:00 PM

A FEEEDS blogspot

The developing world and emerging countries such as China and India are far ahead of the U.S. and Europe in creating services available to mobile phone users -- providing technology-based empowerment (or e-empowerment) to customers who typically fall outside of formal sectors such as banking.


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It's the Economics: Refocusing & Reframing Africa, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 8:09 PM

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSAfrica) today is as an economic and investment growth area, but what has not happened in this atmosphere of renewed discussion about the continent, is "reframing" the entire discussion on the region -- meaning talking about it differently, and respecting its multifaceted dimensions. Africa has a value-chain contribution...

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The Value, Role, & Impact of Public-Private Partnerships for Africa's Development

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 1:31 PM

FEEEDS, FE3DS series

What is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and what value does this development paradigm have for Africa? Public-private partnerships (PPPs) can take many forms, and can be projects and programs not just with the private sector. PPPs are one of the more innovative ways to address development, economic...

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Africa's Food Security: Why Durban Climate Change Conference Is Important

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 7:36 PM

A FEEEDS/FE3DS blogspot

The Durban Climate Change (CC) meeting of the Conference of Parties' 17th Session and 7th Conference of Paris (better known as COP 17 & CM7) is a follow on from Cancun (see 12/2010 Africa Post, TAP - which did not move a lot of...

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Advocacy on FEEEDS/FE3DS®: Key Global Human and Development Issues

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 11:48 AM

There are several key global issues of our day that require constant advocacy and dialogue to ensure that we as a nation and as a global community are doing our utmost to make the world a better place for the next generations. I believe that some of these issues are:...

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Nigeria@51 - Birthdays Mark the Time Between the Past & the Future

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2011 | 3:42 PM

Last year, 2010, I had a wish list for Nigeria@50, a milestone in the life of any nation, which was published in Leadership, the Guardian and a number of other Nigerian newspapers. Leadership has asked me to review that summer 2010 list to see which wishes, in...

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Importance of SME Development in Africa: They Will Produce Africa's Middle Class

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 12:03 AM

Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are talked about a lot in the framework of growing unemployment and high population rates as the region rushes past the billionth person population mark (most of whom are under 30). There are a number of international forums, which have...

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Coining the Acronym BRICA -- Adding Africa's Name to World Regions and Economies in Economic Boom!

(2) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 4:30 PM

A FEEEDS® Series Blogspot (

We have all heard it! We have all read about it! Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) is in an economic boom, so let's recognize it as so! Thus, FEEEDS® is coining, on May 25, 2011, Africa Liberation Day, the acronym BRICA. Hence,...

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Nigeria's 2011 Election: What Should Be on the Post-Election To-Do List?

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 3:03 PM

Answer: Improve Education & Health, Build Agriculture & Transform Energy Sector, and Improve Anti-Corruption Efforts

The majority of international and local civil society observers saw the results of Nigeria's election series on April 9, April 16, and April 26, 2011, as credible. However, they, along with the opposition also noted...

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Nigeria's Lagos Governor Fashola an Extraordinary and Visionary Leader

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 3:45 PM

I had the honor of personally co-hosting a luncheon on May 16, 2011 for the newly re-elected governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) at the Army-Navy Club in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the Constituency for Africa -- one of the leading U.S. advocacy organization focused on Africa. As...

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