The article surveys a half century of American policy toward African countries, tracing its origins to the policy advocated in the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration by then Vice President Richard Nixon that the United States should both acknowledge that African nationalism was a positive force and accept that the newly independent countries of the continent would need to focus on economic development. Tracing the evolution of U.S.-Africa interaction over the course of the succeeding ten presidencies, the author discerns a considerable continuity in Washington’s adherence to the twin Nixonian principles that economic development should be the core policy and that respect for African independence and “nationalism” constitutes the foundation of diplomatic relations.
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The year 2011 will undoubtedly be momentous for the Sudan, Africa’s largest country by area.
This is the first post devoted to events in Africa and United States policy toward Africa. I will be providing analysis and comments on unfolding political, economic and diplomatic developments related to the African continent.
I believe it is time to close the debate about AFRICOM. The command exists. It is operating, and it is [...]