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Just as the U.S. is Trying to Bolster Its Standing in Africa to Challenge China’s Rising Influence, Washington Stumbles in Ethiopia

U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion to the Sudanese and Israeli prime ministers in a call last weekend that Egypt might "blow up" the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam if Cairo and Addis Ababa can't reach a settlement, is not sitting well at all in Ethiopia. ...

The Futility of Pompeo’s Anti-China Message in Africa

When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his Africa trip in mid-February, it was clear that countering China's influence on the continent was at the top of his agenda. Yet from Senegal to Angola, he restrained himself from the hard-hitting ...

Pew: People Don’t Think Very Highly of Donald Trump Around the World, Except in Three of Africa’s Largest Countries

While Donald Trump may not be very popular in most parts of the world, not so in several of Africa's largest countries, according to new survey data from the Pew Research Center. Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa all recorded much higher levels of ...

How Trumps’s Vulgar Comments About Africa Play Right Into China’s Hands

What little Donald Trump has said about Africa during his first year in office as U.S. president has not exactly been very positive. Comments about Nigerians living “huts,” making up a 

How Donald Trump Could Give China a Real Boost in Africa

The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially in Africa where the president-elect has said nothing about his ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The West’s Ignorance About What China’s Doing in Africa is a Feature Not a Bug

Those of us who concentrate on Africa-China relations have long warned that the current framing of the relationship as a zero-sum arena in a new cold war strips African states of agency.The problem isn’t only that it flattens the complex compromises African leaders have to make to meet development goals as financing options keep shrinking. It is also that it creates echo chambers in Washington, Beijing, and Brussels that make ...