Launching a New Chapter in U.S.-Africa Relations

Launching a New Chapter in U.S.-Africa Relations

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Africaa€™s changing economic landscape is prompting a shift in how U.S. policymakers view the continent. High growth rates, new technologies, and a rapidly expanding consumer class are driving greater global competition for investment and access to potential export markets, and the United States is recognizing that it will need to step up its game to remain relevant and influential in an increasingly crowded and competitive environment. This will mean placing a stronger emphasis on strengthening trade and investment ties and encouraging U.S. companies to take fuller advantage of expanding opportunities. Playing up these opportunities will not only serve long-term U.S. commercial interests in Africa but will serve U.S. development and diplomatic objectives as well. U.S. investments, done right, can have long-term development impacts in Africa, through technology and knowledge transfer, training, systems development, and partnerships. And a new, more optimistic engagement with Africaa€™s citizens and entrepreneurs will have strong resonance with the continenta€™s up-and-coming generation, creating links based on enduring mutual interest.The Africa Program covers a broad range of U.S.-Africa policy issues, including security engagement, health assistance, ... Other recent reports examine South Africaa#39;s evolving health diplomacy, Nigeriaa#39;s battle with polio, U.S. approaches to police reform, and Chinaa#39;s evolving role in Africa. ... Downie joined CSIS following a decade-long career in journalism. ... Center for Strategic Studies, part of the National Defense University; and the State Departmenta#39;s Foreign Service Institute.

Title:Launching a New Chapter in U.S.-Africa Relations
Author: Jennifer G. Cooke, Richard Downie
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2014-02-21

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