Trump’s Africa: Security Policies Under Trump’s Leadership

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 1245 Views 0 Comments
Trump’s Africa: Security Policies Under Trump’s Leadership

Many reports say that this is even bigger than controversial Brexit. The election of President Trump has come as a shock to many in a poll-defying relentless race to the white house that at one point seemed nearly impossible to win. With riots sprouting all over the United States, it is evident that a certain greater percentage of her citizens are unhappy with this electoral outcome.

His protectionists stance seems to be popular among other like-minded business men but political analysts seem blind-sided and have no idea what kind of curve ball he would bring; as he has a rather inexperienced and shallow resume when it comes to political sphere.

However, what does this view of things mean to the security and defence and his relation to the larger globe.

So, who exactly is a protectionist?

Generally defined by Investopedia “Protectionism refers to government actions and policies that restrict or restrain international trade, often done with the intent of protecting local businesses and jobs from foreign competition…”.

In our African Lingo, I suppose we would then say that Donald Trump would be one to go the Ethiopian-way; limit foreign investment and heavily rely on local tax which would then from the lessons gathered on the ground from our counterparts a total burnout if not well handled (Lami).

Many a times, a protectionist leader resonates the character of a conservative (see there the republican seat makes so much sense right). In this sense this Manhattanite prelapsarian ideology were once echoed in the same party in the era of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. There’s however, a rift among both critics and scholars who somewhat believe that the protectionist stance always ends up ultimately nurturing and protecting those its set out to.

 How does this translate in military and defence strategies…?

Although he is considered utterly clueless when it comes to political leadership and there are fears that some of the hard-earned agreements tabled by the Obama presidency will die out. His zeal in security has analysts predicting “happy-endings” for the defence department. Writer and analyst, Loren Thompson stated that “…Donald Trump’s election victory became clear was a fitting metaphor for the nation’s defence industry, because it appears the Obama-era drought in Pentagon demand for new weapons is over…”. Many anticipate a rise in defence expenditure and a more aggressive move especially in the middle east against various factionist and militias that have arisen over the last couple of years.

Trump against terror vs Africa

Trump from his speeches during the campaigns seemed determined to eliminate not only those directly affiliated with ISIS, but also their families. With a growing number of terrorist organisations in Africa having declared an affiliation with ISIS, this could translate to hundreds – if not thousands – of civilians killed in drone strikes during his administration. An impetuous approach to counter-terrorism will undoubtedly backfire.

This would be by far the single-most successful recruitment strategy for the existing extremist groups around the globe.

This on one hand means more funding for projects such as AMISOM which is considered a department of its own in the American defence structure. Perhaps a heightened effort to finish all the plans that have been laid out towards the various American bases already being setup in the continent.

With his protectionist view and keen focus on realigning the production of goods that have since drowned the US in mounts of debt back means that defence practioners still have good chance of making it big and a rise in the number of ammunition-making companies might be something to watch while he remains in power. Hence more US – made weaponry might be in the market and with globalization working the way it does we can be sure Africa will have an overflow.

Victory for cybersecurity?

“…To truly make America safe, we truly must make cybersecurity a major priority…,”Trump

told a Virginia crowd in October, adding that cyberattacks from other countries including

“…China, Russia, and North Korea constitute one of our most critical national security concerns…”

This already exists as pointers as to where his priorities will lie. But his careless statements have many fearing that he might a way around the privacy bill and there is serious need to ensure encryption rights are put up before he takes office starting January 2017.

 Repatriation a human security threat?

Over decades, countless people have opted to go to U.S following the “American dream”. Trumps entry into power has countless immigrants fearing for their lives. One of the worst effects of the campaign was Trump’s success at firing up openly racist elements of his base. Supremacist groups have since come up associating themselves with his success and a lot more people are anticipating a wave of deportation for illegal or undocumented immigrants. Many might opt to move to other western countries but there is an anticipated number that is expected to over back home. Is Africa then ready to welcome them back or will it pose an even greater challenge to the already stifled continent?

 

Is Africa then ready to welcome them back or will it pose an even greater challenge to the already stifled continent?

 

All the same, a lot of change is bound to happen and is going to be a roller-coaster ride like no other.

Nakhumicha

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