How has U.S. policy in Africa has evolved over the years? That is the subject of Ambassador Herman J. Cohen’ new book, U.S. Policy Toward Africa: Eight Decades of Realpolitik. In this BookTalk, join Cohen and FPRI Trustee Charles A. Ray for a discussion about the debates that have taken place at the highest levels of government and the evolution of US diplomatic relations in Africa. Cohen and Ray will discuss how policy toward Africa has been affected not only by evolving US relations with Europe, the Soviet Union, the Middle East, and China, but also by the circumstance, ideology, and personality of individual U.S. Presidents. They will also consider the increasing reliance of Western economic interests on Africa’s natural resources and how this impacts policy under recent administrations.
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Charles A. Ray - Charles A. Ray, a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Africa Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Zimbabwe.
Herman J. Cohen - Herman J. Cohen was a member of the US Foreign Service for thirty-eight
years, posted to embassies in France, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda,
Zambia, and Zimbabwe. He was US ambassador to Senegal and The Gambia and
served as assistant secretary of state for Africa under President George H. W. Bush.
Subsequently, he was senior adviser in the Africa region at the World Bank. He is
now president of Cohen and Woods, an international consulting firm.