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Partners in Progress or Economic Enemies China's Impact on U.S. National Interests in West Africa

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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The dramatic growth of Chinas economy in this century has led to its ability to project power, both economic and military, beyond its borders in ways not seen in centuries. One region where the Chinese Government has focused this power is West Africa, specifically through economic investment. Is China using this investment to exert greater soft power in the region, and convince those governments to support China on the global stage Does this investment and influence come at the expense of U.S. interests, or can they coincide What are the U.S. national interests in West Africa Can Chinese and American interests serve to better the lives of the population in the region, or will they be exploited by the competing ideologies This thesis will explore these questions to support or challenge the position that a rise in Chinese influence in West Africa poses a threat to U.S. national interests.

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  • Government and Political Science

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