Posted by: beninmwangi | September 25, 2007

Council on Foreign Relations Tracks 2008 Candidates on Africa Policy

One of my all time favorite publications, dealing with economics and international affairs, is the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) . I have been reading this journal for almost a decade and view it almost in the way that I’d view an encyclopedia. So you can imagine my enthusiasm for them drawing attention towards U.S. Policy Toward Africa. In this instance what they have done is created a tool that can be used to summarize the views and records of each presidential candidate for the 2008 US elections. CFR has named this tool the Issue Tracker -The Candidates on U.S. Policy toward Africa.

I like this idea because it makes condenses the amount of time that it would take for me to investigate my possible candidates.

Here’s an excerpt, which comes from Joanna Klonsky’s  introductory paragraph in this  edition of CFR describing the Issue Tracker:

“Aside from the crisis in Darfur, Africa has been largely neglected in foreign policy discussions during the 2008 presidential race. With U.S. attention focused on the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, China’s emergence, Iran, and other Middle East concerns, Africa is not a U.S. priority. But the continent has begun to emerge as more than a humanitarian issue for policymakers.”

From there the piece goes on to detail each of the eight Democratic candidates and each of the nine Republican candidates.  For any voter whose vote may come down to US-Africa Policy, I believe this will be a great tool.

photo courtesy of: Amit Agarwal



  1. That said, the June Vanity Fair (Africa – edition by Bono) asked all the candidates, from both parties, on their views on developing Africa – and they all had virtualy the same tired rhetotic of more AID, end wars, and AIDS cures to uplift Africa – very little on trade & opportunities

  2. Bankelele:

    You know I was not very impressed with their rhetoric either. It is as Joanna Klonsky alludes to that US policy makers have somehow through their actions managed to equate Africa policy with Darfur policy. And instead of looking at agricultural subsidies here in the states the candidates talked about aid.

    My opinion is that a unified single “Africa policy” that tries to solve problems on a continental level is outdated. The continent is far too diverse for that. Instead, I believe the policy should be replaced with regional an/or sub-regional policy for each of the continent’s regions.

    Meanwhile while US politicians and presidential candidates increase their rhetoric on Africa China and Russia are quietly pouring massive investment into the continent.

    Otherwise, on the tracker-again I think that with the information age this type of tool will soon become the norm.

    Hat tip to Joanna Klonsky for connecting on this issue!

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