The Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) hosted U.S. Army Major General Ralph Baker on April 10, 2012, for a briefing on African issues before he deploys to Djibouti in May as commander of the Combined Joint Task Force for the Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). The meeting, led by ACSS Director Ambassador (Ret.) William M. Bellamy and ACSS experts, gave Baker an overview of the situation in the Horn of Africa region.
ACSS’s Dr. Assis Malaquias and Thomas Dempsey, as well as Dr. Andre Le Sage of the National Defense University, briefed Baker on the range of economic, legal, religious and security sector issues in the region and on the academic work the Africa Center is doing on maritime safety and security.
Deputy Director Michael Garrison provided and overview of the Africa Center.
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa conducts operations in East Africa to enhance partner nation capacity, promote regional security and stability, dissuade conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests, according to the CJTF-HOA website. The task force is based at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.