There has been an overwhelming positive response from most African countries. Four years of neglect, in part due to Donald Trump’s obsession with China, took its toll on Africans. We published a series of articles called "Africa Reacts" inviting prominent African journalists, civil society activists, and thought leaders to share their analysis on US politics, and our latest article shows a positive reaction to President Biden’s inauguration. There however remain some concerns over how effective the US policy is going to be, given its own divisions, as shown by the January 6th insurrection, and President Biden’s very long to-do list. How committed will he be to African issues is still an open question for many Africans.
It is indeed true that Africa is not often a high priority for many administrations compared to regions like Asia or the Middle East. But Africa does matter. If you want to get business done, you need African voices and expertise. The fact that Biden nominated Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to the UN says a lot about Africa's importance. Another indication will be the place for African countries in the Summit for Democracies President Biden is planning to organize. African issues will thus be more of a priority compared to the Trump era, but only time will tell if it goes beyond a certain historical level of engagement.
With this new administration, what are the prospects of cooperation between Europe and the US towards Africa? Can a common policy on the continent be part of a renewed transatlantic partnership?
The new administration will certainly be committed to renewing long standing cooperation with the EU in its policies towards Africa. The following issues will be at the center of such cooperation: climate change, addressing the pandemic, supporting the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, and security issues.
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