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Vol 59 No 25

Published 21st December 2018

'America first' for Africa

The White House's Africa strategy is more Pentagon than State, but there is much continuity, albeit in stridently Trumpian language

When US National Security Advisor John Bolton set out what he called 'The Trump Administration's New Africa Strategy' on 13 December at The Heritage Foundation, the conservative think-tank in Washington DC, it looked very much like the old strategy. The priorities, even the phrases, sounded recycled: 'advancing US trade and commercial ties with nations across the region to the benefit of both the United States and Africa'; 'countering the threat from Radical Islamic Terrorism and violent conflict'; and 'ensuring that US taxpayer dollars for aid are used efficiently and effectively'.

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