Engagement, not estrangement, is the best policy for influencing African states.
Published on: July 24, 2015
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.