Foreign Policy Challenges Facing The Biden Administration: Africa

By Zane Heflin — March 18, 2021

Joe Biden outlined his vision for U.S.-Africa relations stating that the “United States stands ready now to be your partner in solidarity, support and mutual respect,” and specifically mentioned trade, democracy, human rights, public health, and climate change as opportunities for cooperation with the region. President Biden has promised to take a more diplomatically engaged approach with Africa than President Trump, but what challenges can he expect early in his administration?

Facts At-A-Glance

  • 75%

    of COVID-19 vaccine shots have been administered in just ten wealthy countries

  • 250%

    increase in violence in the Sahel region since 2018

  • Almost 1/3

    of all Central Africans have been displaced from their homes due to the civil war

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