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A Conversation With Judd Devermont, One of the Chief Architects of U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa

Since the end of the Cold War in the early 90s, Africa has largely been an afterthought in Washington where it was never regarded as a top-tier priority.

That changed last year when the Biden administration launched a new foreign policy for the continent and declared that it was “all in” in boosting ties with African countries. A key part of that strategy was also to reduce the intense focus on confronting China and instead focus more attention on bolstering U.S. economic engagement.

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