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In the United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...
Government, the Bureau of African Affairs
is part of the U.S. Department of State and is charged with advising the Secretary of State
Secretary of State or State Secretary is a commonly used title for a senior or mid-level post in governments around the world. The role varies between countries, and in some cases there are multiple Secretaries of State in the Government....
on matters of Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa as a geographical term refers to the area of the African continent which lies south of the Sahara. A political definition of Sub-Saharan Africa, instead, covers all African countries which are fully or partially located south of the Sahara...
. The bureau was established in 1958. It is headed by the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs
The Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs is the head of the Bureau of African Affairs within the American Department of State, who guides operation of the U.S. diplomatic establishment in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa and advises the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary...
, who reports to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.