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USAFRICOM: Reversing Perceptions of the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy
 
General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks at a commemoration ceremony for U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.  

 

USAFRICOM: THE MILITARIZATION OF US FOREIGN POLICY?

Dennis R.J. Penn
Analyst, National Security Agency

July 2008

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the the U.S. Army War College, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

This Joint Forces Quarterly article, authored by a US Army War College graduate, examines Africa's potential place among US foreign policy objectives and the creation of the Defense Department's AFRICA COMMAND, and recommends approaches to lessen the perception that the US intends to give priority to the use of armed force to achieve its aims in Africa.

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