Emira Woods, associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, says in this Burning Issues video that the next U.S. president needs to think of Africa differently and ally with the forces of change seeking to improve the lives of people on the continent.
Because Africa is a key source for oil and other vital materials, the United States has stepped up its military engagement on the continent, Woods says. Much of this engagement is framed by the U.S. as counterterrorism, but Woods says there is a direct correlation between where the U.S. invests its military resources and the areas that are richest in minerals and fossil fuels.
"We have to look at candidates who would want to reexamine how the U.S. engages with Africa and the rest of the world," Woods says. There is an opportunity with the Bernie Sanders campaign to have a different military and economic relationship with Africa, she says.