Africa Matters: A Perspective on U.S.-Africa Relations
The United States has a long and complex history of engagement with Africa. This engagement has largely been driven by “negative” framing about Africa, including as a pawn in geo-strategic battles, particularly the Cold War, and as the location of many conflicts and humanitarian crises. This view and narrative of the continent have tended to obscure opportunities for stronger and mutually beneficial U.S.-Africa relations.
In this presentation, Monde Muyangwa will map the historical trajectory of U.S.-Africa relations and speak to the current state of affairs; highlight key political, economic, and security developments and trends in Africa; and assess the challenges and opportunities offered by these developments to address why Africa matters.