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Building Security in Africa: An Evaluation of U.S. Security Sector Assistance in Africa from the Cold War to the Present

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Technical Report

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RAND Santa Monica United States

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This report documents the results of a RAND Corporation project,The Effectiveness of Security Cooperation in Advancing Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency Goals in Africa. The research team used statistical models to analyze the effects that U.S. security sector assistance SSA has on various forms of political violence including civil wars and insurgencies, terrorism, and government repression inthe U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.The findings should interest those in the foreign policy and defense communities concerned about SSA and counterterrorism policies, especially in Africa but also more broadly. It should be of particular interest to policymakers and planners in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Africa Command, the U.S. Department of State, and other stakeholders in the SSA process.This research was sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and conducted within the International Security and DefensePolicy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, afederally funded research and development center sponsored by theOffice of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies,and the defense Intelligence Community.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Land Mine Warfare

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