n African Renaissance - US Africa relations under the President Barack Obama administration : policy, problems and prospects

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


The article examines US Africa relations under the President Barack Obama administration, paying particular attention to the recently concluded US Africa Summit that took place in Washington DC from the 4th-6th August 2014. Of particular concern is the wide ranging criticism leveled against the Obama administration for falling below the expectations placed on him by Africans when compared to his predecessors and considering his African descent. However, it notes that the convening of the summit signifies a change in the course of US Africa relations; this change represents a deepening of US Africa relations that have largely been characterized by neglect and indifference. Of importance also is the strong presence of emerging nations namely China, Turkey, Brazil and India in Africa which is predicated on the recent positive growth rates recorded in sub-Saharan Africa and their realization of the huge benefits and opportunities Africa provides. The article concludes by arguing that the US can no longer afford to ignore Africa and its huge potentials, hence it must engage Africa in a new and constructive form of partnership that will beneficial to both parties.

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