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Examination of U.S. Department of Defense support of the U.S. national action plan for women, peace, and security: Can the use of U.S. military power achieve increased gender integration in Liberia

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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Liberia is one of the poorest countries in West Africa and prior to the 2014 Ebola outbreak, was still struggling to recover from the 1980 to 2003 civil war. The international humanitarian community, led by the United Nations Mission in Liberia, has attempted to address Liberias recovery and reconstruction. The analysis reveals that with clearly defined ends, the U.S. military can be used to achieve narrow facets of specific national security strategy. Economic and information aspects of national power must be addressed by other U.S. government agencies for Liberias recovery and reconstruction to be effective. Liberia has made significant efforts to achieving increased gender integration. Consistent, combined efforts by Liberia and international partners must continue these initial efforts. Since 2010, U.S. Africa Command, through the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, has been mentoring the Armed Forces of Liberia counterparts. This has significantly professionalized Liberias security forces. However, the Liberian security forces need to continue to grow and professionalize for the defense of Liberia. The United States should continue to provide consistent military, economic, and information assistance to Liberia through 2020.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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