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The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
It’s Not Just About Competition with China

As the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit draws near, some will undoubtedly bill it as the Obama Administration’s next move in an escalating competition with the Chinese in Africa. This oft-repeated and inaccurate platitude misrepresents both current geopolitical realities and commercial opportunities.

Published on: July 24, 2014
Dane Erickson is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado and formerly a visiting scholar at the Africa Studies Center at Beijing University.
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  • Anthony

    “A more sober analysis of two areas of focus for the U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit (trade and investment, and security) shows just how U.S, China, and African interests align in key policy areas – on a continent in dire need of more roads, bridges, and ports to support growing economies and populations.” It’s definitely not just competition (for additional context see Robert Rotberg: China’s Embrace of Africa; and Robert Kaplan: East Africa Rising).

  • NC

    Very interesting and informative article. Thank you.

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