ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
The establishment of USAFRICOM in 2008 signaled the potential for a new subfocus of the U.S. military on the African continent. In West Africa, China was already firmly rooted with deep economic ties, and a plethora of trade deals to extract resources. Simultaneously, trans-national terrorist groups began to gather on the fringes of West Africa, presenting regional security concerns with potentially global impacts. But was Chinas foothold in the region enough to hinder or prevent U.S. military access to the region This research study explores the impact of Chinas state run resource extraction in West Africa, and the impact it had and continues to have on the U.S. DoD being able to effectively engage with the nations of West Africa.