Advancing Peace and Security in Africa

The Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings has just published a new report – “Top Five Reasons Why Africa Should Be a Priority for the United States.” The format of the report is as follows (and includes a contribution from yours truly):

  • Introduction: Why Africa Matters to the United States by Mwangi Kimenyi
  • Advancing Peace and Security in Africa by Lesley Anne Warner
  • China in Africa: Implications for U.S. Competition and Diplomacy by Yun Sun
  • Key Sub-Saharan Energy Trends and their Importance for the U.S. by John P. Banks
  • Transforming the U.S.-Africa Commercial Relationship by Witney Schneidman
  • U.S. Development Assistance and Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities for Engagement by George Ingram and Steven Rocker

In my section on Advancing Peace and Security in Africa, I argue that the United States should:

  1. Rebalance U.S. engagement with African countries so that it is more proactive than reactive.
  2. Establish multi-year funding authorities for building partner capacity programs.
  3. Address the deficient capabilities of African law enforcement personnel.
  4. Continue to support regional and sub-regional mechanisms for conflict resolution.
  5. Use ongoing insecurity in the Sahel as an impetus to re-evaluate the scope of U.S. military engagement on the continent.

Hope you get a chance to take a look at both the remainder of my section and those of my fellow contributors!

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