By Brendan McSherry. African Studies Quarterly, Spring 2006. Despite having the means to easily fund infrastructure, job creation, and service delivery, resource-rich countries such as Equatorial Guinea are often some of the most corrupt, unequal, and underdeveloped. However, Equatorial Guinea’s decision to forge a close political relationship with the United States has led to an element of economic dependency. Though not yet substantially used, this economic leverage provides enhanced opportunities to pursue a dialogue for reform. Download the Article: [PDF]