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How the U.S.-China Conflict Over Huawei Could Play out in Africa

In the future, when we look back on the 2010s, we might well identify it as the decade when tech became irreversibly entangled with geopolitics. It was the decade of Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and Facebook-driven election interference. It is also the ...

A Conservative American View on U.S.-China-Africa Relations

There is a lot of confusion in some parts of the world, including Africa, as to what role the United States wants to play in the current international order. On the one hand, institutions like the State Department, Pentagon, and USAID maintain that Washington ...

Why China Doesn't Need to Worry about Washington's New Africa Policy

When U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton announced Washington's new strategy for Africa last December, he mentioned China 14 times in his speech. So often, in fact, that a lot of observers commented that the new policy seemed to be more focused ...

2018 China-Africa Year in Review

In this special episode of the China in Africa Podcast, Eric & Cobus look back on the most important stories of 2018. Not surprisingly, debt dominated the agenda as key stakeholders on both sides began to show signs of concern that China is lending ...

A U.S. View on China’s So-Called “Debtbook” Diplomacy Agenda

For the past year or so, senior U.S. government officials been accusing China of engaging in so-called “debtbook” diplomacy, a tactic that Washington contends intentionally burdens developing countries with billions of dollars of loans. When these countries, many of them some of ...

Rex Tillerson’s ‘Do as I Say, Not as I Do’ Advice for Africa

There is a certain irony when a U.S. envoy travels to Africa to warn his hosts about the dangers of borrowing money from China. The United States, after all, is the world’s most indebted country and borrows more from China ...

China's 'Belt & Road' Trading Strategy Presents New Challenge to U.S. Influence in Africa

The implementation of China's ambitious "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) trade agenda in Africa is now fully underway. The launch of the Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya, the opening of the new navy base in Djibouti ...

Can the U.S. Under Donald Trump Compete With the Chinese in Africa?

With United States foreign policy in turmoil amid countless White House scandals and a demoralized State Department, Africa's role in the current U.S. foreign policy agenda remains a mystery. Not once since he took office 

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 ...

China Poised to Benefit From Trump's Africa Policy (Or Lack Thereof)

Although leaders in Asia, Europe and the Americas are struggling to figure out what are the implications of Donald J. Trump's election to the U.S. presidency. At least in those regions, the president-elect made passing references during the campaign to Japan’s future security status, ...
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