Why Africa Matters To The United States And How President Donald Trump’s New Africa Strategy Falls Short

Why Africa Matters To The United States And How President Donald Trump’s New Africa Strategy Falls Short

Photo source: Health Affairs

The 54 countries that weave together the rich tapestry of Africa are too often overlooked in the US political, media, and strategic dialog. The Trump administration’s proposals to slash budgets for lifesaving health programs on the African continent and the president’s unfortunate description of African countries have not advanced this state of affairs. Only with the recent release of its new strategy for US engagement in Africa has the White House signaled some degree of concern for the rapid changes taking place in the region, and a willingness to engage—particularly on economic and security issues. Yet, because the strategy doesn’t recognize and build upon US-led gains in global health and development over the past two decades, it misses an important opportunity to leverage some of our greatest comparative advantages in the region.