Niger–United States relations
According to the 2018 U.S. Global Leadership Report, 53% of Nigeriens approve of U.S. leadership, with 21% disapproving and 26% uncertain.
U.S. relations with Niger have generally been close and friendly since Niger attained independence. Although USAID does not have a Mission in Niger, $30 million in annual official aid is administered through American and local non-governmental organizations with programs addressing food security, health, local governance, youth training, girls' education, corruption control, and improving the business environment. The U.S. Peace Corps program in Niger started in 1962. It currently has about 130 volunteers in Niger and celebrated its 50th anniversary in Niger in September 2012.
In January 2013, the U.S. and Niger signed an agreement allowing the U.S. to operate unarmed drones from Nigerien territory. In February 2013, the U.S. deployed 100 troops to assist in intelligence collection and will also facilitate intelligence sharing to support French operations in neighboring Mali.
Principal U.S. officials include:
- Ambassador — Eric P. Whitaker
- Deputy Chief of Mission — Phillip Nelson
- Management Officer — Melisa Doherty
- Economic Officer — Carl-Heinz Wemhoener-Cuite
- Consular Officer — Charlotte Lawrence
- Regional Security Officer — Horacio Ortega
- Public Affairs Officer — Deneyse A. Kirkpatrick
- Political Officer — Wendy Nassmacher
- USAID Representative — Garrett Harries
- Defense Attaché — Ryan Campbell
- U.S. Global Leadership Project Report - 2018 Gallup
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- "Mali conflict: US deploys 100 troops to neighbour Niger". BBC News. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- Julie Pace; Robert Burns (Feb 23, 2013). "American troops in Niger to set up drone base". Air Force Times. Retrieved Feb 25, 2013.
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- Müller-Jung, Friederike (November 23, 2016). "US drone war expands to Niger". Deutsche Welle.
Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou gave approval for the Agadez base in 2014 for surveillance purposes. An additional US base in Arlit, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Agadez, has been operating for about a year, but little is known about it, Moore said, except that special forces are presumably stationed there.