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Unmasking the Realities: The Declining Influence of U.S. in Africa Amidst Rising Powers

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By LJDemissie

Observing the growing influence of Russia and China in Africa “for example, Ethiopia”, it’s evident that their focus on infrastructure development is resonating with many Africans. While the U.S. has traditionally championed democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, there’s a perception that these commitments have not always been backed by substantive action.

Aid through USAID, while valuable, is often seen as a handout rather than a partnership for development. It’s important to note that while Russia and China’s stances on democracy and human rights are known, their engagement in Africa is still welcomed due to their contributions to infrastructure development and shielding African nations and/or governments from the UN Security Council’s harsh punishments, including unilateral sanctions. For example, Ethiopia received relentless protection from China, Russia, India, and Brazil during the war triggered by the TPLF’s leaders against Ethiopia. Though Ethiopia didn’t avoid being punished by the US government, it certainly appears that it avoided military intervention. 

For instance, as of January 1, 2022, the Biden administration has terminated Ethiopia’s benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). This decision was made in response to concerns about human rights abuses in the country, a perspective that most Ethiopians believe is influenced by a desire to protect the TPLF leaders. AGOA provides duty-free access to the U.S. market for qualifying sub-Saharan African nations that uphold human rights. The Ethiopian government has expressed disappointment over this decision and has called for its reversal. This situation underscores the need for a more nuanced understanding of what Africans expect from their international partners.

The recent State Department report titled: “The Kremlin’s Efforts to Spread Deadly Disinformation in Africa”, is concerning, but it also underscores the importance of transparent and respectful engagement with African nations. As we move forward, it’s crucial that U.S. foreign policy not only articulates its values but demonstrates them through actions that align with the aspirations of Africans.

The writer LJDemissie can be reached at LJDemissie@yahoo.com


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  1. The US is NOT interested in democracy or human rights (see the dictators it has installed; Tplf/Eplf, Saddam Hussein, Noriega, Mobutu, Pinochet, etc). The US is ALL about the US Empire/MNCs (not even about American people). Biden, as was his predecessor Obama (or Bush or Clinton), is bad for the world. Imagine the millions that saw devastation and its aftermath because of American greed & belligerence in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Gaza, Egypt, Libya, etc, since WW2. This has increased the reception Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East has accorded to the Chinese (to a lesser degree Russia).


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