Bureau of African Affairs [Department of State] Law and Legal Definition

The Bureau of African Affairs is a division of the U.S. Department of State that advises the Secretary of State on matters of Sub-Saharan Africa. The bureau is headed by the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, who reports to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

The bureau's primary function is conflict resolution. Since 2002, the Bureau played its part in resolving violent conflicts in Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the North-South element of the Sudan crisis. Additionally, the bureau has provided much of the humanitarian assistance and logistical support and training for African peacekeepers in Darfur and Somalia. Further more, it led by example to confront Africa's worst diseases like AIDS and malaria.