Daily Archives: 26 February, 2013

Obama: Failing the African Spring?

Helen Epstein

President Barack Obama preparing to address Ghana’s parliament, Accra, Ghana, July 11, 2009

[http://www.nybooks.com/] America’s new drone base in the West African city of Niamey, Niger, announced by the White House on Friday, further expands our counter-terrorism activity in Africa. It’s also consistent with the militaristic emphasis of the Obama administration’s engagement with the continent. This may help contain the spread of jihadist violence in specific cases, but by failing to address persistent abuses of human rights by our African military allies, America is also undermining its own development investments that are intended to lift millions of people out of poverty and ensure the continent’s peace, stability, and economic growth.