Debating U.S. President George H.W. Bush's Africa Legacy

The role of former U.S. president George H.W. Bush in helping to re-shape international relations has been widely analysed since his recent death. His former assistant secretary of state for Africa, Herman Cohen, contends in a guest column that he changed Africa too, helping to end a number of conflicts.  Deutsche Welle's Isaac Mugabi is less enthusiastic about Bush's role in Somalia, while AllAfrica's John Allen recounts the inside story of how Bush signalled a change to his predecessor, Ronald Reagan's apartheid-friendly policy on South Africa. 

George H. W. Bush invited a liberation movement icon, Albertina Sisulu, to the White House in 1989 to signal that he was not as sympathetic to South Africa's apartheid leaders as his predecessor.


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