By George Bamu on March 26, 2017
People read a Kenyan daily newspaper with the front page showing newly elected US President Donald Trump in Nairobi on November 10, 2016.
The sad thing about the 2016 U.S. Election is not that Donald Trump was elected president of the United States; it is that the new administration may be abandoning the African continent. And the damages caused by the new U.S. administration continue.
The other news is that China and other big powers have stepped in to fill the leadership void in the international system.
I wrote earlier about the Trump administration’s Africa policy, which some experts describe as “non-existent.”
As noted, the administration has proposed a stringent budget which aims to cut foreign aid drastically as it applies to the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).…
By George Bamu on March 5, 2017
A rail project by a Chinese construction company in Lagos, Nigeria in 2015. The Trump transition team asks, “How does U.S. business compete with other nations in Africa? Are we losing out to the Chinese?”
This week we learned the U.S. administration under President Donald Trump has proposed a budget that would cut foreign aid drastically. The issues, facts, and implications of decisions made under the administration are inescapable.
The State Department, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would be greatly impacted by these cuts. If you are not aware, the State Department shapes U.S.…
By George Bamu on January 29, 2017
Denver mayor, Michael Hancock, with members of the African Leadership Group, Jan. 28
When Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was invited to deliver a keynote address at the African Leadership Group (ALG) International Business Program on January 28, the mayor’s prepared remarks for the evening were about something else; not about executive orders from the Trump administration.
But when faced with protests and disruptions at Denver International Airport the night of his appearance before the ALG, the mayor said he abandoned his scripted remarks. Instead, Hancock decided to focus his improvised speech on the reasons why the city will not follow orders from the President of the United States.…