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Q&A: China’s Role in Washington’s Divided, Confusing Foreign Policy Towards Africa

The United States Department of State main building in Washington, D.C. Alastair Pike / AFP

Friday’s announcement that the United States government will impose travel and visa restrictions on four African countries left a lot of Africa policy observers somewhat perplexed. While there had been rumors for days leading up to the decision that Nigeria was going to be on the list of targeted countries, it seemed improbable that the White House would impose sanctions on Africa’s largest economy just as the U.S. government was pushing for heightened engagement in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

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