Historically, Africa has largely remained in the periphery of American foreign policy interests except where American security is at stake. Egypt alone, an important US ally, receives about 20 percent of US aid to Africa.

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The shift in global economic trading power to the emerging markets over the past decade has been driven by their increasing ability to trade with each other. In Africa’s case, it has turned to China, which is now the continent’s largest trading partner with trade volumes exceeding $150bn in 2011.

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As a global community we have to address two major issues: demographics and climate change. With respect to the former, the global population is expected to grow from seven to nine billion by 2050, while Africa’s population is expected to double during the same time period from almost 1bn to 2.1bn.

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