n African Renaissance - Towards a new era in US-Africa relations?

Volume 11 Number 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


US President Barack Obama, as he enters the final two years of his second term in office, is engaged in building his legacy. As he announced earlier, the first ever US-African Leaders' Summit took place in Washington on 4-6 August 2014, marking possibly a new era in US-Africa relations. Most Americans and particularly Africans were ecstatic when Barack Obama assumed power as the 44th President of the United States in January 2009. Naturally, Africans had high expectations from him and his administration. They expected that his election would elevate the prominence of Africa and its concerns in the U.S. government deliberations. However, so far, it is widely felt that these expectations have not been met with concrete policy actions. Was the US-Africa Summit designed to reverse this?

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