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U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Africa: Commitment or Empty Rhetoric

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Interest in the continent of Africa seemingly increases or decreases with the change in the United States political administration. This continent has for decades tweaked the interest of such nations as the Soviet Union, France, China, Cuba and perhaps many more. Although it is a jigsaw puzzle of more than 50 countries, the African continent contains a potential market that could bring 600 million consumers to the global market place. The United States has retained the lead as one of the global powers in providing assistance to Africa. For over two decades however, instability and migration have retarded any potential for economic growth and investment. Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has pursued a distant relationship with Africa based on our foreign policy. Initially, the United States used the strategy of containment in an effort to prevent the spread of communism as the basis for U.S. interests in African affairs. Having accomplished this, the United States reverted back to that distant relationship, not visibly showing much interest in the continents establishment of governments, economic development or other issues that plagued the continent. With the fall of the Soviet Union and communism, another change in the United States strategy came as a result of the civil unrest, political and military corruption and various other social issues in Africa, which created serious challenges to stability in the region. This self- destructive behavior could have created the opportunity for other nations to intervene in African affairs. As a leading global power, the United States assumed the lead role in providing assistance to this nation. With Africas current status as the most troubled and underdeveloped continent, and United States sporadic involvement since the Post Cold War, one questions the United States foreign policy towards Africa Commitment or empty rhetoric

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  • Government and Political Science

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