South Africa and the United States in a Post-Bush Era

Barack Obama hosted at a SAIIA event in Cape Town on 21 August 2006
Barack Obama hosted at a SAIIA event in Cape Town on 21 August 2006

Even as South Africa faces its own transition of national leadership in the coming months, its leaders will be tasked with dealing with a new administration in Washington, DC, following the United States' national elections due to take place on Tuesday, 4 November 2008.

Of the two contenders for the presidency in that contest, Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama has pulled ahead over the last week of Republican Party candidate John McCain. He is viewed as having a better understanding of the financial crisis and its implications for ordinary American households. Despite the current lead of the Democratic Party candidate, the outcome of the polls are still uncertain. Nonetheless, there is little doubt that there must be some move away from the almost universally unpopular policies of the eight-year administration of US President George W. Bush. That said, the Africa policy of the US (and thus South Africa) will likely retain its traditionally low position on the US foreign policy agenda, regardless of which candidate takes the White House.

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