The policy of Western governments, including the United States, towards Africa since 1990s (after the end of the Cold War) is characterized as a ‘dusted off, repackaged” older agenda (Reid, p. 342). What are the basic components of this ‘repackaged’ agenda? How is it similar to or the same as the “modernization” policy of the earlier generation? What are the chances of success of the new agenda, where the previous approach failed?
How promising is the process of ‘democratization’ in Africa since the 1990s to facilitate good governance, political stability and economic development throughout the continent? What is ‘bush democracy” (p.344)?