Accession Number : ADA569419


Title :   Challenges, Benefits, and Recommendations for Continued Nigerian Peacekeeping


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT


Personal Author(s) : Wando, William M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a569419.pdf


Report Date : 02 Nov 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 23


Abstract : Africa is a continent that holds a high place in U.S. national security interests, yet it is still beset with local and regional conflicts. After Western attempts to aid Somalia in the early 1990s ended in tragedy, changes in U.S. policy have made it increasingly difficult for the United States to get involved directly in peacekeeping efforts in chaotic areas such as Africa. What has evolved since then is an Africanized solution in which local and regional entities respond initially, and are reinforced by international assistance when required. West African powerhouse Nigeria has assumed a leadership role in regional peacekeeping efforts since the early 1990s. Today, it is the largest African contributor to United Nations peacekeeping missions, both in and around Africa. However, Nigeria appears to be at a crossroad in terms of continuing to support peacekeeping efforts outside its borders. This paper examines the challenges Nigeria faces in continuing its peacekeeping operations (e.g., the high HIV/AIDS infection rate in Nigerian peacekeepers, both military members and police; inadequate military funding for equipment and training; and perceived government corruption regarding the payment of deployed Nigerian military members in support of peacekeeping operations); the benefits Nigeria realizes due to its participation in peacekeeping operations; and ways in which U.S. Africa Command can better assist Nigeria in building its capabilities for continued success in supporting peacekeeping efforts.


Descriptors :   *CONTINUITY , *MILITARY ASSISTANCE , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *NIGERIA , *PEACEKEEPING , *POLICE , *UNITED NATIONS , ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME , CRIMINAL CORRUPTION , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUSES , MILITARY BUDGETS , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES)


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE