US Military Presence In Africa In One Chart

Last week President Obama explained "Africa also happens to be one of the continents where America is most popular," and added that the US is "deeply interested in working with Africa, not to extract natural resources alone." We suspect, one glance at the following map answers the why (so popular) and the what (aside from natural resources)...


Source: The FT

Johnnie Carson, a veteran US diplomat in Africa and assistant secretary of state for the continent until last year, warns...

"We should not take ownership of another country’s problems. We don’t need to put boots on the ground in response to every extremist threat that emerges. We also have to be careful not to identify and attach an international element to every extremist threat that emerges."


"Some threats are indigenous and grow out of issues of political and economic marginalisation and are not linked to the international network of jihadis. If we start linking all of these things it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy."

As The FT humorously notes,

The hum of US drones is becoming more familiar over African skies.