Namibia has long been an outpost of political consistency, as the ruling SWAPO Party has won every election since 1990. But the most recent general election in November was a major alarm bell for SWAPO and President Hage Geingob, as they faced their first serious electoral challenge in 30 years.
Since the end of the Cold War, American relations with Africa have been characterized by a single, powerful trend: disengagement. The Pentagon has eclipsed the civilian bureaucracies that traditionally lead American foreign policy. Now the Trump administration is downsizing America’s commitment even more.