Opinion: Rex Tillerson should not focus only on security during Africa trip

Since taking office last year, three of U.S. top officials — President Trump, Vice President Pence and Secretary Tillerson — have visited all regions– except Africa.

This overdue trip could signal that the administration may be prepared to engage with the continent, after a slow start.

However, the specific deliverables of the trip, if any, remain unclear.

At the same time, this visit also provides an opportunity for the administration to reassure its African partners of its commitment to US-Africa cooperation, especially in light of the derogatory comments allegedly made by President Trump about the continent earlier in the year.

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The choice of countries reinforces the perception that security is primarily the lens through which the current administration views Africa.


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