obama diplomacy

U.S. President Barack Obama recently made a long-anticipated return to Africa, a continent rich in natural resources and containing a strategic cluster of emerging markets. The unstated but primary aim of his recent trip to Tanzania, Senegal and South Africa was the containment of China's economic influence in the region.
Obama's well-honed brand of soft diplomatic intervention is now waning in relevance as the tone and timbre of foreign affairs shifts to a harsher, monotone, money-driven form of Realpolitik, or "Realeconomik", that is driving geopolitics.