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Vol 50 No 14

Published 10th July 2009

Barack Obama launches his agenda in Ghana

The African audience hopes that President Obama's declared Africa policy will be both distinctive and practicable

As in so many areas the expectations are that President Barack Obama's Africa policy will be a break with the past. In some respects, the President's decision to sketch out an African policy represents a new development in itself. Often in response to public demand, successive administrations – in Washington and elsewhere in the West – have spelt out wish lists of continental objectives for Africa without a policy plan or the resources to attain them. The result has been frequent and deep disappointment. The Obama administration's advisors say they see a way to change that, partly because of changes within Africa itself and also because of wider international changes in economic and political conditions.

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