n African Renaissance - US-Africa Summit : beyond the 'Audacity of Hope' - : editorial

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


When Obama became the first Black President of USA, African leaders and citizens had great expectations that one of their own had finally come to occupy the most powerful position in the world - as president of the United States of America. Because Obama's father was Kenyan, there were expectations that he would give Africa and its challenges a prominent position in his foreign policy options. In fact shortly before the 2008 election, a Senior Obama Africa adviser articulated what he said would be Obama's policy for Africa if he won the elections. These included accelerating Africa's integration into the global economy; enhancing regional peace and security; deepening democracy and accountability as well as reducing poverty (Schaefer, Florance and Kim, 2014). Largely because the promises were generic and couched in altruistic terms, they were not objectionable even to Obama's opponents.

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