Biden Is Doubling Down on a Failed U.S. Approach in West Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken participates in a virtual bilateral meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the State Department, Washington, April 27, 2021 (AP photo by Leah Millis).
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken participates in a virtual bilateral meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the State Department, Washington, April 27, 2021 (AP photo by Leah Millis).
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U.S. President Joe Biden campaigned for the 2020 Democratic nomination promising not only to restore the defense of human rights and democracy to a central position in U.S. foreign policy, but also to “build back better” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. But for Africa’s 54 countries and 1.4 billion people, despite a welcome change in tone from the administration of former President Donald Trump, there is little to show for the first nine months of Biden’s presidency when it comes to engagement on values—or anything else of substance.  In his first foreign policy speech as president, Biden triumphantly […]

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