For the U.S., Just Showing Up in Africa Isn’t Enough

For the U.S., Just Showing Up in Africa Isn’t Enough
A poster of Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visible as his motorcade moves through Kinshasa, Congo, Aug. 9, 2022 (AP photoby Andrew Harnik).

Antony Blinken was in Africa this week for a three-country tour, where he unveiled the Biden administration’s new approach for deepening ties with African nations. The strategy seems to hit all the right notes. But to implement it, the U.S. will have to break long-established habits in its relations with the continent.

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