Paved with Good Intentions: Should the U.S. Military Conduct Operations in West Africa to Support Stability
Technical Report,14 Aug 2017,15 Jun 2018
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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The U.S. Department of Defense conducts stability operations as part of a whole-of-government approach to minimize and eliminate economic and political instability world-wide. Though many of these operations are conducted in post-conflict regions, others are conducted to the left of boom, during phase 0 shaping operations. Due to the controversy about what causes conflict, there is understandable debate whether DoD-led stability operations can actually increase long-term stability in a region. This paper examines what is known about causes of conflict, and how that can inform DoD-led stability operations and consolidation operations. It then answers the questions if and how the US should conduct operations to support stability in West Africa.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Government and Political Science