Earlier this month, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was in Kenya to discuss trade ties and pledge support for counterterrorism operations in East Africa. In an email interview, Mattia Toaldo, a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, discussed Italy’s outreach to Africa.
The U.S. has lagged behind rivals, notably China, when it comes to commercial engagement with Africa. But meaningful progress will require Washington to go beyond rhetoric and help to enhance governance frameworks that currently prevent U.S. companies from competing effectively in many African countries.
On Thursday, Tunisia’s parliament adopted a series of articles in a new counterterrorism bill to replace its authoritarian 2003 law, part of the government’s efforts to bolster security in response to rising domestic and regional threats. But critics argue that the bill falls short of international rights standards and could fuel extremism.