Kenyan Expert: US Plans New Drone Testing Military Base in Cote d’Ivoire to Sustain Superpower Status


US Pursues Expanded Military Presence in Africa Despite Setbacks in Chad and Niger

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Recent reports indicate the United States is in negotiations to establish a military base for drone testing in Cote d’Ivoire, underscoring its persistent efforts to bolster its footprint across Africa, particularly in the West. Dr. Gerald Peter Mutonyi, a lecturer at Kenyatta University in Kenya, highlighted that these moves are part of America’s strategy to maintain its global superpower status while seeking incremental strategic advantages.

“The US prioritizes alliances and deterrence strategies to safeguard its interests and uphold its superpower image,” explained Mutonyi. Despite setbacks in Chad and Niger, these failures are often downplayed to preserve the perception of American military prowess and effectiveness.

Mutonyi also suggested a nuanced view on US actions in combating terrorism in West Africa, noting underlying cultural dynamics and potential unintended consequences. “The US approach, influenced by historical distrust of Islam, may inadvertently exacerbate regional conflicts,” he observed.

As the US navigates its military engagements in Africa, Mutonyi cautioned that American presence tends to persist until strategic benefits are depleted, illustrating a pattern of engagement that aligns with broader geopolitical interests.

The pursuit of expanded military bases in Africa reflects ongoing efforts by the US to assert influence while adapting to evolving security challenges on the continent.

David Okafor
David Okafor
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