From WAMU 88.5 at American University in Washington, welcome to “The Kojo Nnamdi Show,” connecting your community with the world. I’m Marc Fisher of The Washington Post sitting in for Kojo. Coming up this hour, when President Obama took office, African’s danced in the streets, hopeful that U.S. relations with their continent had reached a turning point. But after the President won re-election last week, enthusiasm was more muted. Though many Africans have said they welcome a second Obama term, others point to his one and only visit to Guyana in 2009 as evidence of their continent is low on his priority list.
For the White House, Africa has been a study in contrasts while civil conflict, natural disasters and terrorist attacks have raised U.S. concerns, economies from Angola to Ethiopia are recording the highest levels of growth in the world. But experts are warning that a policy that appears to be largely reactive, won’t build lasting success. And they’re urging a reset in strategy over the next four years. Well, joining me to discuss the U.S. and Africa, Tibor Nagy is Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University. He’s a former United States Ambassador to Ethiopia and Guinea.
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