United States and Soviet Military Aid to Somalia: A Comparative Analysis of Security Assistance.
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The United States and Soviet Union recognize the importance of the Horn of Africa. A key to peace and stability on the Horn is Somalia. The US and USSR have both aided Somalia in an attempt to influence events on the Horn and support their national interests. The US needs to pursue a positive policy towards Somalia. Somalias border conflicts and internal tribal rivalries impact US interests. Somalias neighbors respond negatively to military aid to Somalia. The US must find ways to achieve its goals placate Somalias neighbors. Somalias economy is weak and Somalia needs US help to get military aid. How the US approaches the delivery of military aid and the training of the Somali military will determine the impact and effectiveness of the aid. The study concludes that the US should provide limited military aid to Somalia that an existing plan can be used and that a review should be conducted to make sure that the Somalis cna support any equipment that is provided. Author
- Government and Political Science