Monday, January 28, 2019
A newly unveiled Africa strategy nominally puts the continent back on Washington's foreign policy radar. However, despite some promising developments, it will be hampered by familiar problems.
- Washington may increasingly privilege ties with the private sector over state-to-state engagement.
- Counterterrorism will remain Washington's dominant security focus and engagement may even increase, despite rumours of troop withdrawals.
- Washington is likely to privilege engagement with 'key' states that are viewed as the most viable economic and political partners.