Post-Cold War Era West Africa: Implications for US Foreign Policy

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Africa, perhaps more than other regions of the world, has always been profoundly subject to the ebb and flow of global systemic values and changes: colonization and decolonization, superpower ideological rivalry, the demise of the Cold War, and authoritarian tendencies and democratization, among others. As waves of change roll over the international environment, so do the policy postures of great powers also change vis-à-vis the various nations of the African continent. The history of Africa’s relationship with the great powers has, accordingly, been one where Africa has assumed varied episodic geopolitical utilities shaped by the rhythm of global geostrategic and military rivalries.

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United States Interests and Policies in Africa, p. 45-70