Africa's story is increasingly one of rising geopolitical importance and burgeoning economic dynamism—the latter driven, in part, by political reform and improvements in governance. Yet at the same time, some African countries are still grappling with the conception of "statehood," since, in many cases, the state was an imposition of European colonialism. Thus the United States needs to modernize its relations with a changing Africa to best engage a new range of actors and circumstances. Today's U.S. engagement with Africa has evolved significantly from those of past times, and future objectives must include achieving economic prosperity and development, security, and good governance for Africa's fifty-four nations. Not only because U.S. citizens and businesses hope to join with their African counterparts in grasping the continent's burgeoning opportunities, but because these objectives are, indeed, in the United States' strategic interests.
A Measured U.S. Strategy for the New Africa
by J. Peter Pham
Atlantic Council Strategy Papers
December 7, 2016