Africa and the United States : what is our role?
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Person InterviewedLancaster, Carol J.
Rice, Susan E.
Examines the good news and the bad from Africa, as well as the United States' interests in the continent.
Africa has long been a continent defined by dichotomies. For many of Africa's countries, the populations are composed of some of the world's poorest peoples, their economies are stagnant, and their governments are politically unstable. The continent has experienced horrific genocides, devastating famines, and unparalleled corruption. Yet Africa has also seen one of history's greatest non-violent revolutions, the transition to black leadership in South Africa. It has also experienced economic successes in nations like Ghana and the Ivory Coast. These dichotomies are reflected in America's foreign policy towards Africa, which has often seemed to vacillate between constructive engagement and benign neglect. What exactly are the United States' interests in Africa, and what role can it play in the continent's development? In this episode host Peter Krogh sits down with Dr. Carol Lancaster, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and Dr. Susan Rice, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under the Clinton administration and future U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to discuss the good news and the bad about the situation in Africa.
Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa;
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