On U.S. Foreign Policy, Biden Acts a Lot Like Trump

The Biden admin­is­tra­tion has chart­ed the same course as the Trump admin­is­tra­tion on strate­gic pri­or­i­ties like Chi­na, the Mid­dle East and U.S. mil­i­tary deploy­ments. WASHINGTON — A fist bump and meet­ing with the crown prince of Sau­di Ara­bia. Tar­iffs and export con­trols on Chi­na. Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of Israel. Amer­i­can troops out of Afghanistan.…

Will France’s Africa Policy Hold Up?

Sum­ma­ry Dur­ing his first term, French Pres­i­dent Emmanuel Macron sought to revi­tal­ize his country’s diplo­mat­ic out­reach to coun­tries through­out Africa. Some aspects of this piv­ot were designed to more direct­ly address the lega­cy of French colo­nial­ism in Fran­coph­o­ne coun­tries. He also sensed that the grow­ing stature of non-West­­ern pow­ers like Chi­na has giv­en African counterparts…

It’s Africa’s Century—for Better or Worse

In the com­ing decades, we face a rev­o­lu­tion­ary shift in the bal­ance of world affairs—and it is like­ly not the one you are think­ing of. Since the 1990s, the idea that we might be enter­ing an “Asian cen­tu­ry” has pre­oc­cu­pied and dis­ori­en­tat­ed the West. How­ev­er, once we take in view the long sweep of his­to­ry, the…

Plot to Oust WHO Chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus

When Tedros Adhanon Ghe­breye­sus ascend­ed to the top of lead­er­ship at the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion (WHO) in 2017, my col­league, Raevyn Goates wrote about it at Africa Agen­da. Ghe­breye­sus won the vote in 2017 by 63 %, which was an over­whelm­ing 133 votes out of 185 votes cast. He was the first direc­­tor-gen­er­al of the…

What Can Official Visits Tell Us About U.S.-Africa Relations?

As U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma’s pres­i­den­cy winds down, we at Africa Agen­da feel it is impor­tant to look back at what he and his admin­is­tra­tion did — or did­n’t do— for the African con­ti­nent over the past 8 years or so. Oba­ma him­self is half African; born to a Kenyan father and an Amer­i­can moth­er. It…

The idea that Africa is booming is hot and sexy

News that Africa is boom­ing is going main­stream.  At least that is the point that is dis­cerned when major U.S. print and broad­cast­ing out­lets such as the Wash­ing­ton Post, New York Times, The Atlantic,  Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor and NPR pick up on news of trans­for­ma­tion that is tak­ing place in con­ti­nen­tal Africa. These orga­ni­za­tions are devoting…