Africa's issues are global issues— hiv / aids , human development, new models for economic growth, peace, and democracy. Worldwide consciousness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic has even forced its way into the pages of a United States president's State of the Union address. In practice, however, priorities are being set by another agenda, a war agenda.
In the post–cold war world the stated general goals of United States foreign policy—development, democracy, and security—are congruent with those of African peoples. When deciding how best to achieve these widely endorsed goals, however, a chasm emerges between perspectives crafted purely in the American foreign policy arena and those rooted in African realities.