Why the Sudden Rush Into Africa? It’s the Oil

Oil-rich African nations could benefit from the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

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In essence, Africa is becoming refrontiered, the next—but already charted—neocolonial play with subtle shades of humanitarianism and economic growth to make it look good. Make no mistake about it: There are real geopolitical intentions at work. Hunting down warlords and preventing Rwanda genocide redux is, of course, needed foreign policy common sense. But these are belt-tightening times for governments and their militaries (including ours). No one’s investing in Africa just to get good PR and a U.N. shout-out.

Charles D. Ellison is a veteran political strategist and frequent contributor to The Root. He is also Washington correspondent for the Philadelphia Tribune and chief political correspondent for Uptown magazine. Follow him on Twitter.

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