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In Praising New U.S. Military Deployment Senator Says China and Terrorism Are Growing Security Threats in Africa 

Conservative Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R) was among the first to praise the Pentagon's decision to deploy the SFAB to Africa, something he said he's been calling for several years now. And, just as the Pentagon did in its statement, Senator Inhofe also singled out China in ...

Competing With China Cited as a Key Reason for New U.S. Army Deployment to Africa

The Pentagon made it very clear on Wednesday that countering Chinese influence in Africa was a key factor behind the decision to deploy the Army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) from Fort Benning, Georgia to work various African militaries. In fact, ...

U.S. Tries to Persuade Africa It’s a Credible Alternative to China

The United States regards Africa as a key arena to confront China's rising influence in the developing world. With its new $60 billion International Development Finance Corporation and its Prosper Africa policy framework unveiled last year, the Trump administration is working ...

Kenyatta Comes to Washington With a Simple, Blunt Message: Africa is Not Up for Grabs

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta began his visit to the United States on Wednesday with an urgent call to international leaders to stop thinking of Africa as a prize to be won. "Western countries, and their counterparts in Asia and the Middle East, are returned to competition over ...

Reflections on a Week in Washington

I'm on my way back to Asia after having spent a fascinating week in Washington, D.C. meeting with key stakeholders in government, think tanks and NGOs who are all engaged in U.S. foreign policy towards both China and Africa. Everyone was so gracious with their time and ...

Rebuttal: Clarifying the U.S. Policy Approach Towards Africa

Editor's Note: A number of current and former United States government officials took issue with many of the points that I raised in my recent column on U.S. foreign policy towards Africa ("China's role in Washington's divided, confusing foreign policy towards Africa") and disagreed vehemently both ...

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

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 ...

One of the Largest Right-Wing Websites in the U.S. Now Has a Newfound Interest in China-Africa Issues

Editors at the conservative U.S. website Breitbart have recently started to regularly publish China-Africa-related stories in what appears to be part of a new focus on posting stories critical of Chinese engagement around the world. With an estimated

AFRICOM: While the U.S. Wants to Partner with African Governments to Fight Terrorism, China Instead Just Sells Weapons

To say that the U.S. Military Command for Africa (AFRICOM) does not think highly of China's engagement on the continent would be putting it mildly. In an article published today in Military Times, AFRICOM commanders are outright dismissive of the Chinese ...

This Chart Explains Why the U.S. Seems Increasingly Disengaged From Africa

This chart that measures African trade clearly explains why there's so little interest in the United States about fostering closer ties with Africa. The U.S. trading relationship peaked in 2011 and since then has been on a steady, potentially irreversible ...
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