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Africa Policy Outlook 2010 – by Africa Action and Foreign Policy In Focus

January 31, 2010

note: I am posting this report for students in 2 classes. It gives a good – and sobering – overview of current US policy towards Africa today with its concentration not on human rights and democracy but on the US fixation with strategic control of the continent’s energy and mineral resources. It also has the broad sketches of U.S. economic policy towards Africa, including its continued support and fixation for IMF-World Bank structural adjustment programs. The sections of the report on the Congo and on Africa debt ($200 billion) are brief but include references to other reliable and interesting sources

In addition I have added the `Foreign Policy In Focus’ website to the links at the right of this website. It includes regular commentaries by John Feffer, Emira Woods, Conn Hallinan and Walden Bello – all of whom are worth reading.

For the report..

 Africa Policy Outlook 2010 (link to FPIF website)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Casey Russell permalink
    February 4, 2010 8:14 am

    Prof. Prince,
    I read your Yemeni, Africa Policy, and China’s transformation posts. I, too, believe that the US can do more in terms of aid to countries like the DRC w/ less military intrusion. Yet, where does the need for security intersect with the ability to develop a health, education, and a responsible politcal structure that could combat the roots of the problem?

    Your posts deconstruct the actions of the US military w/ bias towards the negative, but fail to balance the view by mentioning events like China and its investment power and resource grab. Specifically, the 10 year, fixed price contract for DRC mineral rights. Africom is a tremendous step towards creating the security-development nexus as attested by the specialities of the personnel stationed there in its infancy. The picture presented in the article you posted of course showed men in uniform with weapons crouching and shooting, but there was no picture or mention of the civil affairs or diplomatic personnel.

    Full spectrum dominance is a situational tool. The same one that allowed air, ground, and maritime humanitarian personnel in the US military to coordinate and control the chaos in Haiti. It is a tool that should be used at DU more. Security students study this and development students study this, but in the future some of us will inevitably be working on the same problem, but lack the ability to cross pollinate ideas and acheive a security development nexus.

    With respect,
    Casey

  2. February 4, 2010 8:58 am

    Casey,

    First thanks for your comment.

    I’ll be writing more about this in the future. It is true that China and also India, Japan and Korea are all currently scrambling for Africa’s resources as well as the United States, although it is only the United States (and France) that has a foreign military presence on the African continent and seems to be actively intensifying this presence. It is difficult to look upon this goal as benign from where I am sitting

    China, India and whomever, have every right to enter into agreements with African countries. The deeper issue, as I see it, is whether or not African resources will be exploited rationally – shared – and in such a way that the producing countries themselves benefit from their natural wealth, and so that the stampede for African’s minerals can be done in an `orderly’ fashion that does not leads to resource wars.

    Cheers.
    rjp

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