The U.S.-Africa Summit takes place in Washington 4-6 August 2014. The focus in Washington is on Africa. I recommend two papers on the topic that were written before the opening of the Summit. The first was published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on 1 August 2014 and is titled "What to Expect at the U.S.-Africa Summit." It is a Q and A with Jendayi Frazer, adjunct senior fellow for Africa studies at CFR and assistant secretary of state for African affairs during the Bush administration.
The second paper was published by Brookings on 24 July 2014 and is titled "The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Deepening Trade and Commercial Ties" by Zenia Lewis, researcher at the Africa Growth Initiative, and Witney Schneidman, nonresident fellow at the Africa Growth Initiative. It looks at the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act and ways to increase U.S.-Africa trade.