Progression: United States Policy Towards Africa Since 1789

By Festus Ugboaja Ohaegbulam

Presented in this book is a survey of United States of America’s policy towards the continent of Africa since 1789 when America emerged as a Federal Republic. The author provides insight into the low status of Africa in United States foreign policy and sketches the policy during the period the continent was politically controlled and economically exploited by Western European imperial powers (the economic and political partners of the United States), as well as after African nations formally regained their political freedom. As an essential background to the progression of the relationship, the author shades light on the major forces that shaped the evolution of United States foreign policy and role in the world in general and its policy towards Africa in particular.

Professor Festus Ugboaja Ohaegbulam elucidates, among other things, the historical links between the United States and Africa, the mutual importance of the United States and Africa to each other, the major political and economic developments in Africa that enlightens general readers and scholars about United States Africa policy, and the role of individual administrations, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama in United States political and economic relations with Africa. Attention is frequently called to the impact of Congress, various interest groups, the cold war and its demise, on the policies of the administrations towards Africa. The author also offers an important insight into how critical Euro-American relations affected United States Africa policy, often diverting it from autonomous American core values and principles, with counterproductive consequences. In the concluding chapter, the author identifies the major characteristics and criticisms of United States policy in Africa and offers a succinct overview of trends in the policy.

About the Author

F. UGBOAJA OHAEGBULAM is Professor Emeritus of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida. He received his Ph.D. in international studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the University of Denver. He is widely published in professional journals and has contributed chapters to several books.