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Fixing Françafrique
Macron’s African Ambitions

The French President wants to mend his country’s paternalistic policy toward its former African colonies—but his trip to the region foretells more continuity than change.

Published on: December 5, 2017
James Barnett is a researcher at the Hudson Institute focusing on security in Africa and the Middle East. He recently returned from a year in East Africa where he was a Boren Scholar.
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  • And what is there other than ambition?

    А еще что то кроме амбиций есть?

  • D4x

    April, 2011: When half the global supply of cacao was at risk (most of the crop was already in warehouses at the docks of Abidjan, as I
    recall), because Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept the results of an election in C’ote D’Ivoire, I was stockpiling 100% cocoa…but France’s military intervention was quick, and successful. Here is the riveting account, annoyingly missing the point about a world
    without chocolate: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/06/in-c-te-divoire-a-model-of-successful-intervention/240164/
    In Côte d’Ivoire, a Model of Successful Intervention Marco Chown Oved | Jun 9, 2011

    Barnett posts his Fixing Françafrique on Dec. 5, which does serve to distract from far more time-relevant foreign policy issues. N’est-ce pas? It does serve to deploy the ‘clueless Trump’ theme to write:
    “From what little we can ascertain about President Trump’s policy priorities in Africa, counterterrorism is high on the list.”
    Too bad one of the very few readers here is dismayed that it displays a serious absence of research skills for Boren Scholar James Barnett. Just because America’s media ignores the USA State Department’s actual activities, no excuse for someone who got a
    Federally-funded, through the National Security Education Program (NSEP) created by the David L. Boren National Security Act of 1991, fifth college year in Tanzania. Mr. Barnett should not hold his breath for anyone’s Marshall Plan for Africa.
    Meanwhile, get a clue about President Trump’s policy priorities for Africa, and the rest of the world: prosperity is ALWAYS at the top of his speeches, and team bilaterals. Usually, energy is key to the bilateral meets & action lists.
    11 17 2017 Ministerial on Trade, Security, and Governance in Africa
    TRANSCRIPT: https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/11/275755.htm
    Remarks at the Ministerial on Trade, Security, and Governance in Africa
    Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State; Loy Henderson Conference Room Washington, DC

    Of the 10:50 minute, well written speech, in this order:
    2:50 promoting trade and investment
    2:33 encouraging good governance
    1:33 countering terrorism
    1:12 greater support re:North Korea
    […]Through Power Africa, for example, the United States and its partners have helped the private sector
    bring 82 power projects to Sub-Saharan Africa. [Minute 4:53]

    https://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica

    Our Goal To enable electricity access by adding New Electricity Connections 60 million with 30,000 Megawatts of new and cleaner
    power generation. Launched in June 2013: As of December, 2017: 60% of the MW achieved are from natural gas. 10.6 million connections reaching 50 mil people; 2,000 MW operational.
    Sept., 2017 Power Africa Annual Report:https://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica/annualreport
    Dec., 2017 Fact Sheet: https://www.usaid.gov/documents/1860/power-africa-fact-sheet-122017
    […]The Government of France signed a Declaration of Intent (DOI) with Power Africa that committed $2.15 billion, to
    be realized through its support to AREI.[…]

    https://www.usaid.gov/press-releases/dec-4-2017-united-states-and-israel-announce-partnership-increase-energy
    Monday, December 4, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Today, the Government of the United States and the Government of Israel entered into a Memorandum of
    Understanding (MOU) to advance the common goals of reducing energy poverty and increasing access to energy in sub-Saharan Africa through innovative partnerships between private enterprise, African governments, and foreign assistance.
    The U.S. Government will implement this MOU through the Power Africa Coordinator’s Office, led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)[…]

    http://www.dia.mil/Careers/Students/National-Security-Education-Program/
    Congress established The National Security Education Program (NSEP) through the
    David L. Boren National Security Act of 1991 to provide a broader and more
    qualified pool of US citizens with foreign language and international exposure
    to work in national security programs. NSEP is a scholarship program that
    promotes language skills, cultural awareness, and understanding of national
    security issues. In collaboration with the National Security Education Program
    Office, DIA has established a new one-year, full-time internship program
    designed to provide a small select number of recent college graduates the
    opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain practical work experience. To
    participate in the program, applicants are required to have a 3.0 GPA and be a
    recipient of a grant or scholarship under the David L. Boren National Security
    Education Program.

    https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/history/news/article.php?id=10507
    My advice is to re-consider that colonialism lens that infiltrated how history is taught past thirty years.
    Makes the writer look like an incurious rigid ideologue.
    It’s doing more damage than colonialism ever did – which, after all, was mostly about the pursuit of spices, and sugar, cotton clothing that was washable, and the diamonds of Golconda.

    Perhaps next time,

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