COVID-19 Pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Opportunity to Rethink Strategic Competition on the Continent   [open html - 0B]

From the Document: "In this Perspective, we assess the effects and implications of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] on strategic competition in sub-Saharan Africa. We proceed in three main sections. First, we provide a brief overview of COVID-19 on the continent, highlighting the damage to public health, the political and economic ramifications, and what has worked thus far in slowing the pandemic. Second, we discuss Chinese and Russian influence, those nations' attempts to capitalize on the pandemic, and the extent to which COVID-19 has benefited them. Finally, in conclusion, we offer recommendations for how the United States can expand beyond a competition lens and help African countries respond to the pandemic in ways that are mutually beneficial to all parties--including, in some cases, China. Sub-Saharan Africa is of growing importance on the world stage. This trend will only accelerate in the coming years and decades, requiring broader and deeper--and more-strategic--U.S. engagement on the continent."

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