Trumpian Minimalism vs East African Realities
Trumpian Minimalism vs East African Realities
Podcast / Africa

Trumpian Minimalism vs East African Realities

In this Episode of The Horn, Host Alan Boswell and Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discuss everything from the importance of multilateralism to the incoherence of U.S. policy toward the rising competition between Gulf Arab states in this part of Africa.

In theory, President Trump hoped that minimal engagement would bring big wins in the Horn of Africa: more U.S. trade & investment and seeing off his great power competitors. In practice, multiple surprises have forced U.S. policy into a mode of serial reaction. How are these priorities and realities different from those of his predecessors? And how has he dealt with themes that rarely feature in his usual doctrines, issues like governance, peace and security?

Alan Boswell drills down on U.S. Africa policy with Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and formerly a senior official at the National Intelligence Council under the Obama Administration.They highlight the importance of multilateralism, democracy and governance in a tumultuous region, the incoherence of U.S. policy toward the rising competition between Gulf Arab states in this part of Africa, and the issues of using great power rivalry as a framework to dictate policy.

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