n African Renaissance - From great expectations to the reality of "tough love" - Obama's doctrine towards Africa

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States raised a lot of expectations and hopes. His audacious campaign under the motto of "Change" made people believe in the possibility of altering the world affairs for the better. The winery of Obama was an unprecedented breakthrough not only in the history of the United States, but also in the history of Africans. This man embodied the dreams of the anti-slave movements and their relatives on the African continent that people of African origin can also achieve success and be powerful too. The significance of Obama's black origin led to assumptions of change both for the Americans and the world, including the land of his father, Africa. A lot of people hoped and probably still hope that under Obama's administration the relations between the U.S. and African countries would develop into closer cooperation and contribute to the betterment of the African people. However, during the first year of Obama's presidency, it turned out that America's willingness to help Africa was altered into reserved inclination to support the Africans' endeavors to increase democracy, peace and economic growth. It will not be an overstatement to say that great expectations were replaced by the reality of "tough love". The question is whether this is a good strategy and whether it will bring benefits in the long run?

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