Chapter from America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership

Alex Vines and Tom Cargill

This chapter, taken from the book America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership, looks at the US relationship with Sub-Saharan Africa under Presidents Bush and Obama.

The chapter argues that a higher visibility and better coordinated policy towards Africa, relative to that of its predecessors, was inevitable at the start of the Obama administration. In terms of avenues opened and proposals made, President Obama has not disappointed.

However, the level of US commitment to the region, and the quality of that commitment, remain uncertain. The state of the US economy could hold the administration back from financing many of its most ambitious plans, in addition to the major foreign policy challenges in the Middle East and South Asia, this could mean that Africa policy is not a priority.