Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 11/2009

Media Briefing Booklet: President Barack Obama's Visit to Ghana July 10, 2009

July 2009

Africa Policy Information Center


Over the past decade, Africa's status in U.S. national security policy has risen dramatically, for three main reasons: America's growing dependence on Africa's oil exports, Africa's importance as a major battlefield in America's "Global War on Terrorism," and Africa's central position in the global competition between America and China for economic and political power.