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Betting on the AfricansJohn F. Kennedy's Courting of African Nationalist Leaders$
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Philip E. Muehlenbeck

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195396096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396096.001.0001

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“More Royalist than the Queen”

“More Royalist than the Queen”

Eisenhower/Dulles Policy toward Africa

(p.3) 1 “More Royalist than the Queen”
Betting on the Africans

Philip E. Muehlenbeck

Oxford University Press

To contextualize the changes that Kennedy brought to US foreign policy toward Africa, the first chapter reviews the African policies of his predecessor Dwight D. Eisenhower. The general-turned-president had no personal interest in Africa, nor did he fully realize the potential strategic value of improving US relations with the recently decolonized continent. For these reasons, Eisenhower was indifferent toward African states as a whole and antagonistic toward any African state not willing to stand squarely behind the United States in the Cold War.

Keywords:   Eisenhower, Dulles, Africa, Nationalism, Nasser, Tubman, Algeria, Nkrumah, Touré, Houphouët-Boigny

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