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The Obama Administration’s Engagements In Africa Within Historical Context: Great Expectations Versus Daunting Challenges

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This chapter assesses how US foreign policy toward Africa has fared during Barack Obama's first two years in office, when extraordinary expectations have been confronted by daunting challenges, most of which do not originate on the African continent. It also assesses what one can expect from US foreign policy toward Africa during the second half of Obama's elected term of office as he confronts an increasingly critical Congress in which one chamber (the House of Representatives) is dominated by the Republican Party. The remainder of this chapter is divided into three sections: the historical context of US foreign policy toward Africa, a description of five factors that have constrained the foreign policy manoeuvrability of the Obama Administration, and a discussion of six trends in Obama's foreign policy toward Africa.

Keywords: African continent; Barack Obama; US foreign policy



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