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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Nagy: Africa's future - and why it's important to us

Nagy: Africa's future - and why it's important to us

Posted: July 3, 2016 - 12:09amBy Tibor Nagy
For the Avalanche-Journal

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in a one-day symposium in Washington, D.C., on “The United States and Africa — Looking Toward the Next Decade,” sponsored by the Institute for Defense Analysis ( The day brought together some of our leading African experts — practitioners as well as academics — along with the current and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.
Unlike many such events where any meaningful content evaporates by day’s end as puffs of smoke, this one was full of hard facts and gave plenty of ammunition to both sides of the Afro-pessimist vs. Afro-optimist debate.
The one certainty is Africa will play a much more significant role in global affairs going forward, and the U.S. will have to focus more attention on a part of the world which played no role in U.S. foreign policy until the 1950s, and since then has been our lowest international priority. This is not a criticism, just fact.

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