Africa waits and wonders on Trump's foreign policy

The front page of a Kenyan daily newspaper expresses the uncertainty over how the United States will pursue policies in Africa ranging from counter-terrorism and trade, to aid and climate changeAcross Africa, the approaching presidency of Donald Trump has provoked deep uncertainty over how the United States will pursue policies ranging from counter-terrorism and trade, to aid and climate change. Many African countries had high hopes that Barack Obama would bring transformative benefits to the continent and were left disappointed as he winds down his time in office. One possible pointer is Trump’s often repeated vow to kill “terrorists”, which may lead to more aggressive US intervention against Islamist forces such as Nigeria’s Boko Haram, linked to the Islamic State group, and Shabaab militants in Kenya, Somalia and elsewhere.

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