Security and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa—Looking to the Future

Speech delivered at Commander’s Speaker Program at the U.S. Africa Command

Africa’s intrastate conflicts and their cross-border consequences continue to hobble development of social anchors that are critical to state stability. These social and development hurdles are hindering Africa’s ability to establish secure, democratic, and economically prosperous states. At bottom, “the challenge facing sub-Saharan Africa is not state building as many analysts believe. The immediate challenge most of Africa faces is society building.”

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Security Topics: Security and Development