WHAT IS THE STATE OF U.S. RELATIONS WITH AFRICA?

One in five people on the planet by 2050 will be an African. One in ten will be a Nigerian. You have tremendous potential. … And it all depends on one thing. It’s a question of governance. With North Korea and other national security challenges dominating headlines, Africa is garnering less attention than before. So […]

AT THE NEXUS OF DIPLOMACY, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEFENSE — AFRICOM AT 10 YEARS (PART 3)

To its critics, the 3Ds [of diplomacy, development, and defense] provide an illusion of depth and vitality that hides the blurry, overlapping reality of civil-military working relationships – just like the 3-D glasses worn at the movies. Last month, having donned specially filtered glasses, millions of Americans emerged from the Great American Eclipse utterly spellbound, […]

RETOOLING THOR’S HAMMER: GETTING RECONSTRUCTION RIGHT

Successful international development requires the persistent, intelligent, and adaptive application of a broad set of government tools … and support from local populations. In Norse mythology, Thor’s hammer is a legendary weapon that crushes the enemies of the Aesir (the Norse pantheon), and protects Asgard. The U.S. military is a modern Thor’s hammer, able to […]