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U.S.-Africa Summit Strengthened Relationship but Didn’t Revolutionize It

As the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit wraps up today, one is struck by a paradox: while several notable new deals were announced, the summit as a whole has been slightly underwhelming.  The United States seemed determined to combat two interrelated narratives. First, ...

African Media Largely Indifferent to Summit

The U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit has drawn very little media attention in Africa. The coverage that appeared was rehashed copy from international news agencies. Very few publications focused on how the outcomes will affect their home countries. This lack of domestic framing ...

Critical Report from African Think Tank Name-Checked in Beijing’s Response to Summit

While the Biden administration is trying to steer discussions of its Africa summit away from its geopolitical competition with China, the opposite is true in Beijing. At a press briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin framed the summit as ...

Biden’s Africa Talk is “Hollow”: Expert

While many U.S. government spokespeople are putting a happy face on the summit, independent analysts are being less diplomatic.  Amaka Anku, the head of Africa analysis at the Eurasia Group, didn’t mince words in a recent interview: 

With China on the Minds of Many in DC, U.S.-Africa Summit Gets Underway

Under mounting pressure to rival China's engagement in Africa, the White House wants to make it very clear that the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that begins on Tuesday will be very different than what it's done in the past. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...