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Washington's new Africa policy faces familiar hurdles

Monday, January 28, 2019

Subject

US-Africa policy.

Significance

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.

Impacts

  • 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.
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