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Donald Trump’s Spectacular Failure in Africa

At the sunset of the Trump administration, it's worth reflecting on all that went wrong with its Africa policy and specifically the oft-stated effort to contain China's rise on the continent. There's really no other way to describe it other than to say that it was a ...

Looking for Clues as to How the New U.S. Government Will Approach China’s Engagement in Africa

The incoming national security and diplomatic leads who will oversee Africa policy for the new Biden administration appear poised to take U.S. foreign policy towards the continent in a much more moderate direction.  President Joe Biden and his team will assume ...

Hopefully, Biden and Blinken Won’t Take Advice From the State Department’s “Old Guard”

Although the sentiments expressed by one of Washington, D.C.'s most experienced and well-regarded former diplomats, Herman Cohen, are widely held in the U.S. capital, they're nonetheless ill-informed: 1) As has been noted repeatedly by scholars at 

Trump Administration Slaps New Sanctions on Huawei, Potentially Creating Huge Problems For African Telcos

The U.S. government informed a number of key suppliers of Huawei, including chip giant Intel, that it's revoking certain licenses to sell equipment to the Chinese telecom giant. Neither Huawei nor Intel have commented on the move and the U.S. Commerce Department 

The Huawei Fuss and Implications For Africa’s Cyber Security

The last decade has seen unprecedented advances in technology, from machine learning used to forecast patient health outcomes to renewable energy and biofuels adopted across a range of advanced, emerging, and developing market economies. While there is much bluster about machine learning, robotics, and data science, 5G ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports. 

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Analysts: Why in The World Would the U.S. Want to Pay Off Ecuador’s Huawei Loans?

The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation recently signed what it called a "novel model" with Ecuador to help pay off billions of dollars of the South American country's loans to China that were used to buy Huawei equipment. In exchange, Washington received assurances that Quito will ban ...