U.S. Security Engagement in Africa (Africa Security Brief, Number 1, June 2009)
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC AFRICA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Despite significant recent gains, Africas security environment remains fragile with a wide array of ongoing and emerging threats placing great strains on already overburdened governments. United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa have realized some success in recent years, especially when they have involved direct support from members of the Security Council. Much more cohesive interagency coordination under strong White House direction is required if the United States is to contribute to Africas sustained stability given the regions persistent conditions of poverty, inequality, and weak governance. There are six U.S. priorities for Africa Create an Updated, Baseline Assessment of U.S. Security Interests in Africa Balance and Integrate Military and Civilian Initiatives in Africa under Stronger White House Direction Develop a More Coherent Approach to Combating Terrorism in Africa Take a Hard-nosed Look at Traditional Military Assistance Programs Develop Clear Strategies to Address the Rapidly Growing Importance of Nonmilitary Security Needs in Africa and Better Define the USAFRICOM Mission and Configuration.
- Government and Political Science
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- Unconventional Warfare