Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Jody Neathery-Castro


This thesis addresses French and U.S. political influence in Francophone Africa, particularly in Senegal-what is known as a French backyard dating back to the Berlin Conference in 1884. This thesis analyzes the political, cultural, and economic influence of the United Sates and France in Francophone Africa, particularly in Senegal in the period following the Cold War (1989 to present). I hypothesize that French political influence has been in decline in its backyard, Francophone Africa, particularly in Senegal and that France seems unable to counteract growing U.S. influence and hegemonic ambitions. The study concludes that while French political decline is not reflected in the data and its disengagement from Francophone Africa is not significant in the short term, clearly U.S. influence and involvement in Francophone Africa is growing at a significant level.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree Master of Science in Political Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright, 2006 Mamadou Faye