Barack Obama’s visit to boost US relations with African countries

No sitting US President has visited Kenya. President Barack Obama follows in his predecessor’s footsteps as he skips his ancestral land.

He last visited Kenya as a Senator in 2006. A visit by such a high profile global figure invigorates nearly all sectors of a country due to its significance.

It would have been a great chance for the business community to jump at the opportunity provided by the hordes of executives accompanying Obama. Obama arrives in Africa with a delegation of 1,200 people, including hundreds of business executives and a coterie of economic ….. Continue Reading

A Look Back at 50 Years of the African Union

Robert Nolan is an editor at the Foreign Policy Association and the author of “The Quest for African Unity: 50 Years of Independence and Interdependence”. You can follow him on Twitter @robert_nolan.

This week, African heads of state and leaders from around the world celebrated 50 years of the African Union and its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity, at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Laudatory speeches and toasts were given despite a widespread belief – both within and outside of Africa – that the organization is little more than a talk shop for Africa’s ….. Continue Reading