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Bolton: U.S. Africa Strategy Hinges on Local Forces Stepping Up as Pentagon Ramps Down

Bolton: U.S. Africa Strategy Hinges on Local Forces Stepping Up as Pentagon Ramps Down by Joe Gould – Defense News

As the Trump administration pulls back America’s military presence in Africa, it’s calling for more African regional security organizations to step up, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said Thursday.

 

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, Bolton unveiled the administration’s strategy to counter the rapidly expanding financial and political influence of China and Russia across Africa and work through allies to curb radical Islamic terrorism.

 

Overall, Bolton also sought to contrast America’s straight-forward approach — to “help African nations take control of their economic destinies and their own security needs” — with China’s “predatory” investments in local infrastructure projects…

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