Trump’s last-minute decision to recognise Morocco’s claim to Western Sahara presents the new US president with a dilemma.
The Trump administration’s policies affected Africa in detrimental ways. His administration’s “America First” foreign policy also meant disengaging from its obligations to Africa, which he infamously referred to as “shit-hole countries”.
If elected next month, Joe Biden must do more than turn the clock back to pre-Trump days.
The Horn of Africa is the epicentre of foreign military activity. Foreign troops have been deployed to support peace initiatives, subdue terror groups and support foreign security initiatives.
Despite its claims, the United States is not “leading” the global response to COVID-19. If it were, its approach to the pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, the region most vulnerable to the economic impact of the virus, would be much different.
After a slow start, production has been ramped up
Any misgivings about China’s handling of COVID-19 will likely be erased by Beijing’s considerable aid in fighting the pandemic.
The Chinese model of peace differs fundamentally from that pursued by western nations.
Trade and investment can help reduce poverty, promote women’s empowerment, and support children’s rights. It can also do the opposite.