Biden’s Africa Policy Is Kinder Than Trump’s, but Not Transformative

U.S. President Joe Biden with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, during the G-7 summit in Cornwall, United Kingdom, June 12, 2021 (pool photo by Leon Neal via AP).
U.S. President Joe Biden with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, during the G-7 summit in Cornwall, United Kingdom, June 12, 2021 (pool photo by Leon Neal via AP).
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Joe Biden began his presidency with a great deal of goodwill from the international community. His foreign policy platform promised to undo the tense relationships former President Donald Trump’s administration often had with its allies and partners, including those in Africa. However, Biden’s approach toward the continent thus far shows that a willingness to reset relations does not presage a fundamental shift in U.S. Africa policy. Given the rising challenges of Chinese and Russian influence across the continent and the metastasizing threat of terrorism, simply restoring the cordial yet detached Africa policy of pre-Trump administrations may not be enough. The […]

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