Date of Award

Winter 2-1-2023

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Isaie Dougnon

Second Advisor

Caley Johnson, Ph.D.


This thesis seeks to determine how French influence in West Africa will impact a US-China power competition in the region. Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire served as case studies for the evaluation of French influence in the region since many consider these former colonies to have the most French influence. French economic, political/military, and socio-cultural influence was analyzed in each case study, as well as this influence in the context of US-China competition. Although France influences both countries, France has more influence in Côte d’Ivoire and may be able to influence decisions there, more so than Senegal. Nevertheless, China has become a popular figure in both countries as France has decreased in popularity. French and US coordination in West Africa will need to address infrastructure, investment, and other political demands of Africans to counter Chinese influence in the region.