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At Last unto the Breach: The Logic of a U.S. Military Command in West Africa

Smith, Adam M

Orbis, 2004, Vol.48(2), pp.305-319 [Rivista Peer Reviewed]

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  • Titolo:
    At Last unto the Breach: The Logic of a U.S. Military Command in West Africa
  • Autore: Smith, Adam M
  • Note di contenuto: US foreign policy toward West Africa is scrutinized in order to determine the US's rationale for maintaining a military force in the region & whether the US is facilitating democratic development in West Africa. An overview of US military commitments in West Africa is presented, illustrating the gradual increase of military forces following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Although this deployment of military forces is attributed to the US state's heightened concern with the activities of non-state entities, it is suggested that US military commitments in West Africa are also motivated by the US's desire to protect West Africa's undetermined oil resources. However, support for alternative explanations of US military presence in West Africa, namely, to protect US interests from failed states & to address the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in certain nations, is also granted. Therefore, several recommendations for strengthening the democratic governments of weak West African states are offered, eg, encouraging the US to provide humanitarian assistance during periods of crisis & continuing to keep a military presence in the region to dissuade the military & political aspirations of certain state actors. It is concluded that such strategies will safeguard US interests in the region & provide security to developing democratic governments throughout West Africa. J. W. Parker
  • Fa parte di: Orbis, 2004, Vol.48(2), pp.305-319
  • Soggetti: History & Archaeology ; International Relations
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Tipo: Articolo
  • Identificativo: ISSN: 0030-4387 ; E-ISSN: 1873-5282 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.orbis.2004.01.011

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