Testing the Waters: Climate Change in Africa and Anticipating Regional Conflicts
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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With limited resources, USAFRICOM currently focuses its efforts on the African continent in areas related to traditional security concerns such as combating terrorism, trafficking and coastal patrols. This paper argues that the expected climate changes within the continent can be known with enough fidelity to warrant changing how the command allocates resources within Africa in pursuit of American strategic interests. Focusing on West Africa and Nigeria in particular, the expected migration patterns and humanitarian stresses in the region are likely to channel towards Nigeria. Current engagement methods are not only ill-prepared to meet long-term objectives even without considering climate change, but are void of displaying any significant forethought regarding climate change and how to best enable the continent to deal with that threat.
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