(L-R) Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, US President Donald Trump, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, Vice President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
The U.S. is set to vote on House Resolution 128 today. The resolution is meant to signal to the government of Ethiopia that respect for human rights and the opening of its political space is non-negotiable. Although Ethiopia has tried to strong-arm its way out of the resolution by even threatening to withhold counterterrorism cooperation, the U.S. says it will not budge.
Ethiopia is not the only country in Africa whose politics continue to be greatly influenced by the Western power. Although the Cold War, which saw African governments heavily influenced by America and Russian politics ended almost three decades ago, America’s influence on the continent is resounding.
Below are a few recent examples of the U.S.’s heavy hand in African political affairs. For good and bad, America’s influence is still ripe on the continent.