by Brett D. Schaefer, Charlotte M. Florance, Anthony B. Kim
The Heritage Foundation
August 04, 2014
The high expectations of African leaders and citizens following the election of President Obama in 2008 have not been met with concrete policy action. The upcoming August summit with over 40 heads of African nations expected to attend, unfortunately, is poised to simply reinforce the Obama Administration’s unfocused policy. Yet a clear and productive stance on Africa is attainable. The President’s agenda for the conference should include renewing and upgrading the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), as well as shifting traditional development assistance to the Millennium Challenge Corporation and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tropical diseases. The President should pursue fundamental reforms of America’s food assistance programs that would increase efficiency and effectiveness, reinforce the importance of democratic government in Africa, and publicly support the region’s democratic standard barriers. On the national security front, the President should stress the importance of counterterrorism and security cooperation in the region.