Foreign Intervention in Africa
If foreign intervention is good, then, African countries should be the most prosperous countries in the world, because we have had the greatest dosages of that: the slave trade, colonialism, neo-colonialism, imperialism, etc. But all those foreign-imposed phenomena have been disastrous. It is only recently that Africa is beginning to come up, partly because we are rejecting external meddling. External meddling and the acquiescence by Africans into that meddling have been responsible for the stagnation on our continent. The wrong definition of priorities in many African countries is, in many cases, imposed by external groups. Failure to prioritize infrastructure, for instance, especially energy, is, in part, due to some of these pressures. Instead, consumption is promoted.
– President Museveni of Uganda writing in Foreign Policy
No doubt much of historical foreign intervention has harmed Africa, but has it all been bad?
And more importantly, moving forward, can there be positive foreign intervention, either economically or militarily – or must Africa develop completely on its own?