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Vol 43 No 22

Published 8th November 2002

Who's for the White House?

Washington promises carrots for its allies and sticks for all the rest

The leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and other east African countries will visit the United States in the next few months for a regional mini-summit with President George W. Bush. The President likes to summon African leaders, and had similar meetings with a group from West Africa in 2001, and later with groups from southern and central Africa. Bush wants to convey the message that Washington will be more generous to loyal friends who cooperate militarily and at the United Nations, and will lock out those such as Zimbabwe who don't toe the line.

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