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Title:From Retreat to Re-Engagement: The New American Foreign Policy for Sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Dokubo, Charles
Periodical:Lagos Historical Review
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
United States
foreign policy
international relations
Abstract:After decades of Cold War, when Africa was simply viewed as a convenient pawn on the global chessboard, and a further period of neglect and retreat, Africa has once again emerged as a vital arena of US interests. After 9/11 and the continuing war in Iraq, it is clear that the US will be more dependent on foreign oil, and needs to ensure the stability of its sources. This implies the linking of energy to national security, and the projection of US military might on a global scale to protect its national energy security interest. The reasons for re-engagement are linked to the war against terrorism and the incursions by Chinese oil companies into sub-Saharan African oil producing States as well as growing Chinese oil imports for its growing military might. Re-engagement has far-reaching implications for the region's development. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]