A Tribal Engagement Strategic Approach in Africa
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The National Security Strategy, the Defense Strategic Guidance, the National Military Strategy, and USAFRICOMs strategic approach continues to place importance toward instability in Africa. Should USAFRICOM attempt a Tribal Engagement Strategic Approach TESA to increase stability within its AOR This thesis examines the events of the past 10-20 years in Liberia and applies design methodology to answer the research question. USAFRICOM and its whole of government can increase stability by deploying Tribal Engagement Teams TETs to increase confidence between local governments and tribes in African communities where circumstances call for a TESA. The result of this research provide an approach to protect tribal interests and work through issues of corruption, reduce local tensions, and improve local governance. Moreover, TETs executing a tribal engagement strategy should increase stability through community engagement, local defense advisory, and encourage political integration with the central and local governments as well as tribal groups. The thesis recommends four planning considerations for prospective tribal engagement strategies to assist decision makers.
- Government and Political Science