A Marshall Plan for Africa (And Not Just a Good Speech Line This Time)

Everytime someone wants to propose a new major aid initiative, it seems throwing around the term “Marshall Plan” is necessary.  Gordon Brown applied the term quite a bit several years ago in arguing for a big aid push to Africa from the G8.  Thabo Mbeki somewhat nonsensically used the term when he called for Africa to develop … Continue reading

The New African-American Relations

The Economist has a curious article out this week arguing that in the broad scheme of things, American foreign policy toward Africa won’t change much from under George W. Bush. The idea is that (1) Africa was one of few relative policy successes for Bush: he presided over a gigantic increase in foreign aid, especially … Continue reading