US Diplomatic Power Projection in Africa

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

The African continent is proving to be the next up- and-coming region in the world. In order to remain competitive in Africa, the United States must fundamentally change its approach to power projection. The United States successfully uses its military capabilities to project power, delivering unparalleled swift operational responses to global threats. Beyond military might, the greatest tool for power projection in Africa that the United States can use is USAID. Promoting regional stability and food security is a necessary function of USAID programs. To achieve the best results, these programs must be temporary, and geared towards to increasing national security for the United States. China’s success in the implementation of its 21st century Maritime Silk Road lies in the development of economic partnerships in East Africa. The United States must determine its position as a global or regional power in order to develop the best diplomatic power projection strategies in Africa.