Analysis Brief

Angola Rising

Author: Stephanie Hanson

Angolans headed to the polls on September 5 for their first election in sixteen years. The country is in the midst of a remarkable oil boom, but average Angolans remain among the world's poorest.

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News Release

U.S. Must Strengthen Ties with Angola to Protect Strategic Energy and Security Interests

“Few African countries are more important to U.S. interests than Angola. The second-largest oil producer in Africa, Angola’s success or failure in transitioning from nearly thirty years of war toward peace and democracy has implications for the stability of the U.S. oil supply as well as the stability of central and southern Africa,” finds a Council-sponsored Independent Commission in a report produced by the Center for Preventive Action, Toward an Angola Strategy: Prioritizing U.S.-Angola Relations.

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Other Report

The Repatriation of Angolan Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons

According to this Independent Task Force, among the most daunting long-term issues confronting Angola now is the resettlement of IDPs and refugees. The United Nations has been involved in the process of repatriation. A collaborative effort between the Angolan government, the UN, NGOs, and business interests will be needed in order to help make return sustainable.

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Primary Sources

Lusaka Protocol

This agreement to end civil war in Angola was signed in Lusaka, Zambia on November 20, 1994 by the Angolan government and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). It led to the signing of a cease-fire two days later, and the arrival of UN peacekeeping troops in 1995.

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