Africa: Hunting for a Policy

"Africa," said Secretary of State William Rogers in Addis Ababa last week, "is going to be more important in the thinking of the U.S. in the future." It could scarcely be less. In the recent past, Africa has ranked at or near the bottom of every U.S. priority list. Direct economic aid totals just $154 million this year, compared to $52 million for Laos alone. Rogers, the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit the continent, seems determined to make some changes—provided the price is right.

"It may well be," Rogers told TIME'S John Blashill as his Air Force...

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