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African Security Challenges: Now and Over the Horizon Improving African Security Through the Use of Non/Less-Than -Lethal Force: Challenges , Issues and Approaches
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DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY ALEXANDRIA VA
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It is important to note that the vision for this project at the outset was to study USAFRICOM s mission and structure and determine how these would affect the way that the Command addressed security challenges in the region. When it was determined that many conferences, workshops, and publications had already addressed this topic coupled with the fact that the USAFRICOM mission and structure were still being refined as it stood up, the research team realized that a broader and more fundamental challenges-centric assessment was needed. Indeed, many players were rightly investigating the nuts and bolts of USAFRICOM and other U.S. engagement in the region specifically how that might be affected by the stand-up of the new Command, yet few were conducting a comprehensive assessment of what security challenges those players might need to address today and in the future. The research team felt an over the horizon aspect was especially important and an area in which our research could inform future strategic planning. The research objective was to define the major categories of security challenges in Africa today and explore possibilities for what they might be over the horizon. Using fundamental insights from academic and research experts to develop a better understanding of those challenges, the research was intended to explore how the challenges intersect and identify their importance for U.S., especially USAFRICOM, activities and engagement on the continent. This research would provide a platform for further study of how the United States can address the identified challenges through various and ideally coordinated forms of engagement, including USAFRICOM.
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