What Role for the Multinational Joint Task Force?

Unified Focus, 2017 brought together military partners of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) for joint planning and coordination. (Photo: US Army Africa)

The Multinational Joint Task Force’s (MNJTF) effectiveness has been hampered by the troop contributing countries’ refusal to establish a unified chain of command, confused priorities, and funding and procurement delay. But successfully defeating the insurgency in the Lake Chad basin will require improved planning, intelligence sharing, accountability, and working across the civil-military divide.  This will enable building citizen trust in government, delivering services to populations, and eventually finding a path for militants to demobilize.

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Security Topics:  Irregular and Asymmetric Warfare