Accession Number:

AD1084116

Title:

Paved with Good Intentions: Should the U.S. Military Conduct Operations in West Africa to Support Stability

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,14 Aug 2017,15 Jun 2018

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2018-06-15

Pagination or Media Count:

90.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE