• Africa,  Public Affairs,  Public Diplomacy,  State Building

    Event: AFRICOM and Beyond: The Future of U.S.-African Security and Defense Relations

    From the American Enterprise Institute: The October 1 operational launch of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), on the eve of a new American presidential administration, provides an unprecedented opportunity to reshape U.S. strategy toward Africa. Significant attention has been devoted to the structure and functions of AFRICOM–and to its strategic communications challenges. Less thought, however, has been given to identifying the core security interests that should guide U.S. strategy on the continent or to defining the new kinds of partnership with a more self-assured Africa that are most likely to advance those interests. With its capacity for political as well as military engagement and for conflict prevention as well as traditional…