Africa in Fact

Issue 58 July-Sept 2021

Editor’s note: A new vision for Africa?

This special edition of Africa in Fact provides perspectives on wide-ranging Africa-US intersections. The authors were part of the many virtual sessions convened throughout 2020 as webinars became a media platform of choice for a world blasted by a pandemic like no...

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Refining African policies towards the US

Refining African policies towards the US

A call for an African policy framework for its relations with America This article argues the case for an African policy framework with regards to the United States of America, as a strategic approach to redressing the many areas of asymmetry in relations. The absence...

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Africa is an opportunity, not a problem

Africa is an opportunity, not a problem

Advocacy for a new vision of Africa-US relations Most African countries gained independence in the early 1960s and have struggled to find their place in an international system where the most significant rules of the game were  defined at the end of World War II...

Taming expectations

Taming expectations

Foreign policy priorities under Biden: implications for South Africa, Africa and the world One of the major challenges for the United States administration under Joe Biden is the management of domestic and global expectations following the disruptive presidency of...

Can we speak of African agency?

Can we speak of African agency?

Should African states have foreign policy ambitions towards the US? The United States' relations with Africa, like most of its relations with other international actors, have always been dictated and directed by the US and its interests in the region, whether...

Agency, human rights and homosexuality

Agency, human rights and homosexuality

Biden and Africa: contextualising the debate on homosexuality In this article, I discuss the administration of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr, the 46th president of the US, and his call for developing countries to liberalise and decriminalise their laws against...

Toward new approaches and perspectives

Toward new approaches and perspectives

US-Africa security relations As the new United States administration of President Joe Biden embarks on a review of US-Africa relations, it is important to reflect on the security policies that should undergird this relationship. Although both bilateral and...

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On the horns of a dilemma

On the horns of a dilemma

US involvement in Somalia's civil war stimulated its multilateral engagements in the region The United States is a leading player in shaping peace and security interventions in Africa. In the wake of growing multilateralism after the world wars, the US increased its...

The chance for climate action

The chance for climate action

Even with smart development support from the US, African governments must improve climate governance The Trump administration, including former president Donald Trump himself, peddled conspiracy theories, questioned the existence of climate change, and, based on this,...

Globalised desires

Globalised desires

The digital divide between Africa and the US is shrinking fast There is an excitement that comes with one’s Facebook post getting many likes within hours, or with a WhatsApp status that quickly elicits many views and chats. It prompts a nice feeling and temporary...

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