Accession Number : ADA297401

Title :   United States Security Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Corporate Author : ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (INTERNAT IONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS) WASHINGTON D C

PDF Url : ADA297401

Report Date : AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : Sub-Saharan Africa faces a myriad of both promising and dangerous trends. The post-Cold War era has presented numerous opportunities, yet the obstacles to peace and prosperity are many. While the U.S. has no direct vital security interests in the region, the Administration is committed to helping to empower African states and organizations to resolve conflicts and achieve the democratization and economic growth essential to long-term stability. Helping to empower Africans in these times of limited resources will require that the U.S., the international community, and the Africans themselves search for innovative and creative ways to attack these serious problems. A premium must be placed on cooperation, avoiding duplicating efforts, and an effective understanding of comparative advantage by potential contributors. Most importantly, it must be recognized that conflict resolution and economic progress cannot be imposed from outside the continent; Africans themselves must take the lead. The Department of Defense is playing a role in helping Africans find African solutions to their problems. DoD is using its capabilities and expertise to help create and nurture an "enabling environment" which is conducive to democratization, human rights, conflict resolution, and economic and social prosperity. With humanitarian and conflict resolution assistance we can help to create an environment which is conducive to the development of democratic ideals. By developing close and professional military-to-military relationships, we can expose African militaries to our own notions of discipline, professionalism, and perhaps most importantly, the role of a military in a democracy and civilian control of the military establishment. (KAR)

Descriptors :   *UNITED STATES, *NATIONAL SECURITY, *STRATEGY, *SUBSAHARAN AFRICA, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), CONTROL, STABILITY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, COMMUNITIES, ECONOMICS, HUMANS, GROWTH(GENERAL), RESOLUTION, LONG RANGE(TIME), SOLUTIONS(GENERAL), RESOURCES, CONFLICT, DEMOCRACY, AFRICANS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE