In U.S. Election, Scant Attention to Africa Policy


The only references to Africa in the third and final debate between U.S. President Barack Obama and his challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, were to events in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia, with brief mentions of Mali and Somalia. But increasing aid and investment in sub-Saharan Africa should be higher on the U.S. agenda, write K. Riva Levinson, Witney Schneidman, and Andrew Westbury.

President Barack Obama speaks to the crowd during his visit to Ghana in July 11, 2009.

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