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Reuters Great Debate published CGD visiting fellow John Simon's op-ed on U.S. policy toward Africa.
From the article:
"President Obama’s trip to Ghana highlights one of Africa’s leading success stories - a country that has held four consecutive democratic elections, recently transferring power peacefully to the opposition after it won a razor thin victory.
Ghana is not alone. Sub-Saharan countries made tremendous progress in the past decade. Freedom House ranks seven out of ten of Sub-Saharan countries as free or partly free. Through 2007, Africa experienced 10 years of uninterrupted economic growth, the last five at rates above 5 percent. Foreign capital inflows increased from only $7 billion in 2002 to $53 billion in 2007."