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Donald Trump and Africa: Some Reflections on his impact on Development Assistance

Venue: PLAAS Boardroom
Date: 5 Nov 2018
Time: 13:00 to 14:00

Presenter: Prof Bill Derman, Emeritus Professor,

Norwegian University of the Life Sciences 


I have wondered what has and will be the continuities and discontinuities between the Trump and earlier administrations in policies toward Africa.  How will the American ship of state  remain consistent (or not) with the broader trajectories of U.S. development assistance policies toward Africa.  Since taking office President Trump has said little about Africa.  When he has, he has created extreme controversy. Trump told a bipartisan group of lawmakers on January 11, 2018 in the White House that he'd rather have more immigrants from Norway and fewer from "s******e countries" in Africa and said the U.S. didn't need any more people from Haiti. He then tweeted in support of endangered white farmers in South Africa. Going behind the headlines is there more we can say about U.S. military, humanitarian and development assistance policies under Trump? 


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