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"Africa And Obama: What The Continent Should Do In His Second Term"

"Africa And Obama: What The Continent Should Do In His Second Term"

Op-Ed, Forbes

November 9, 2012

Author: Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Agricultural Innovation in Africa; Science, Technology, and Globalization; Science, Technology, and Public Policy

 

"Euphoria swept across Sub-Saharan Africa when Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States in 2008. Kenya, the ancestral home of his father, declared a national holiday to mark his victory.

His re-election in 2012 has generated little celebration. This is mainly because in the last four years Africa has learned to relate to President Obama as a leader of another sovereign state and not as a relative of whom much is expected.

President Obama's seeming distance from the continent has helped Africa to reflect on its place in the world in a more mature and self-reliant way.

Obama's first term coincided with major diplomatic events that significantly altered the way Africa views the United States...."

Continue reading: http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2012/11/09/obama-and-africa-what-the-continent-should-do-in-his-second-term/

 

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2012/11/09/obama-and-africa-what-the-
continent-should-do-in-his-second-term/

For Academic Citation:

Juma, Calestous. "Africa And Obama: What The Continent Should Do In His Second Term." Forbes, November 9, 2012.

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