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Published on: July 24, 2015
Smart Diplomacy
Why Obama is Right to Visit Ethiopia

Engagement, not estrangement, is the best policy for influencing African states.

Alice Hunt Friend is the former Principal Director for African Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She is a senior affiliate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center for a New American Security, and a doctoral student at American University's School of International Service. Dane Erickson is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and recently completed a year-long analysis of political and security issues in West Africa in partnership with a network of leading African and American scholars. The opinions expressed are their own.
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