25 January 2010

Economic Development for a Secure and Stable Africa

The Strategic Studies Institute (the U.S. Army War College's institute for geostrategic and national security research and analysis) has recently released a new report that explains why the U.S. has a National interest in Africa, and how economic development will be a key to any success we hope to have there.

Security and Stability in Africa: A Development Approach

by Lieutenant Colonel Clarence J. Bouchat (USAF, Ret.).

Brief Synopsis:

The security and stability of Africa has recently become an important national issue readily seen in the increased time, effort, and resources now devoted to the continent by such new organizations as the U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM). This paper seeks to overcome centuries of ignorance and misunderstanding about the conditions and people of Africa by discussing the fundamental issues of economic development and political governance through which enduring stability and security might be obtained. Written as a primer for military and government staff members who may be unfamiliar with Africa but are assigned duties that involve participation in African affairs, this paper explains the historic and modern importance of Africa to American national interests. This report offers solutions in terms of improving African stability and security and a framework of several key issues which should give policymakers the knowledge they need to work in a constantly changing and very challenging environment.

Download the full report free HERE