Enhancing U.S. Support for Peace Operations in Africa

Elements of FIB Malawi contingent patrol with DRC Governmental Forces during joint operations against FDLR near Tongo, the 19th of March 2014. © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Contemporary UN mandates have often blurred the lines separating peacekeeping, stabilization, counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, atrocity prevention, and state-building. Peacekeepers are rarely trained or equipped to deal with such challenges. Given its growing interest in fostering a stable and prosperous Africa, the United States should articulate a strategic approach to peace operations in Africa and to clarify its interagency processes and funding authorities on this issue. The United States should also selectively invest in African partners that share its conflict-management objectives and are themselves building locally sustainable peacekeeping institutions.

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Security Topics: Peacekeeping