Three papers—the Washington Times, South Africa’s Business Day, and the Sydney Morning Herald—feature op-eds on the same theme: President-elect Barack Obama’s personal connection to Africa, and the enormous opportunity the Obama administration will have to dramatically redefine U.S. relations with the continent. In the Washington Times op-ed, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade had stirring words on the potential for a new relationship between the U.S. and Africa:
Thus, your looming presidency has helped resurrect the American Dream on our continent as an African dream. Africans everywhere have gained renewed confidence in themselves and the capacity of their nations to change. And that affirmation is a form of aid more precious than grants and loans.
This week, Enough will release a strategy paper that details how President Obama can renew U.S. peacemaking efforts on the continent.