About Sub-Saharan Monitor

The original Sub-Saharan Monitor was one of several newsletters published in the early 1990s by the International Freedom Foundation, with offices in London, Pretoria, and Washington, D.C. That newsletter’s editor was Richard Sincere, who also served as the IFF’s director of African affairs and edited its quarterly journal, terra nova. After a hiatus of several years, Sub-Saharan Monitor was briefly revived as an on-line only publication, again under the editorship of Richard Sincere.

In its newest incarnation, Sub-Saharan Monitor is a news aggregator with an aim to become a provider of original reporting and content for readers interested in events and trends in Africa south of the Sahara. Emphasis is on economic and business news with an appropriate admixture of information about politics and culture. Readers are invited to contact us to submit story ideas, news tips, and comments.

Richard Sincere Sub-Saharan MonitorThe editor of Sub-Saharan Monitor is Richard Sincere, a senior research fellow at New World University whose articles on public policy issues have appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Wall Street Journal, Washington Examiner, Washington Star, and Washington Times, among dozens of other newspapers, as well as in professional and policy journals like America, Global Affairs, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Journal of Civil Defense, Millennium, Strategic Review, Vital Speeches of the Day, and others. Some of these articles have been reprinted in the Congressional Record.

Richard Sincere’s professional interests have been focused largely on Sub-Saharan Africa and studying trends, events, politics, and culture in the region. Over the past two decades, he has worked for governments, political parties, business firms, and individuals in such countries as Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda (and also non-African countries like Georgia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, and Pakistan).

In addition to these experiences, he has also written speeches for heads of state, diplomats, Members of Congress, and political candidates in the United States. Sincere is a member of the African Studies Association (ASA) and the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA). In August 2014, he received an appointment as senior research fellow at New World University, based in Dominica (West Indies).

In the 1980s, Sincere was a research associate at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where he focused on U.S. Africa policy and strategic defense issues.

In the early 1990s, as director of African affairs and, subsequently, director of international economic affairs at the International Freedom Foundation. He also edited a quarterly newsletter at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Richard Sincere is the author of two books, The Politics of Sentiment: Churches and Foreign Investment in South Africa (1984) and Sowing the Seeds of Free Enterprise: The Politics of U.S. Economic Aid in Africa (1990), as well as co-editor (with Zbigniew Brzezinski, Marin Strmecki, and Peter Wehner) of Promise or Peril: The Strategic Defense Initiative (1986).

For 15 years, he was entertainment editor for The Metro Herald, an African-American weekly published in Alexandria, Virginia. In that capacity, he reviewed concerts, plays, and musicals; interviewed artists, performers, composers, playwrights, and directors; and commissioned and edited reviews by other writers. His interviews with various authors and book reviews he has published over the past three decades are archived at Book Reviews by Rick Sincere.

Mr. Sincere has earned degrees from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In June 2017, Richard Sincere became host and producer of Sub-Saharan Monitor Radio on 94.7 WPVC-FM in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that, as vice president for communications at Scribe Strategies & Advisors in Washington, D.C., Mr. Sincere works as a consultant for the governments of Burundi, the Gambia, and Uganda and for the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLA-IO).  He is a registered as a foreign agent with the United States Department of Justice in accord with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938.