The offer of assistance from African nations should be welcomed, appreciated, and understood from humanitarian and geopolitical perspectives.
Judd Devermont is the director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He previously served as the national intelligence officer for Africa, the Central Intelligence Agency’s senior political analyst on sub-Saharan Africa, and the National Security Council director for Somalia, Nigeria, the Sahel, and the African Union.
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The response to the global pandemic by African countries and their external partners has been hampered by a lack of coordination. To streamline efforts to combat the coronavirus in Africa, the U.S. should consider exporting the “Quad Plus” framework used in the Indo-Pacific.
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