Africa Security Brief No. 13

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Optimizing Africa’s Security Force Structures

By Helmoed Heitman

May 31, 2011

Gabonese forces. (U.S. Army Africa photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Folkerth)Combating irregular forces has become a common feature of the contemporary African security landscape. However, the security sector in most African countries is ill-prepared to conduct effective counter-insurgency operations. Realigning force structures to address these threats while building security sector professionalism to gain the trust of local populations is needed to do so.

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Publication Type: Africa Security Briefs

Security Topic(s): Irregular and Asymmetric Warfare