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Critical Perspectives No. 7 [The United States and Africa's New Security Orders]
Critical Perspectives No. 7 [The United States and Africa's New Security Orders]
01 May, 2001

Critical Perspectives No. 7 [The United States and Africa's New Security Orders]

The United States and Africa's New Security Orders

By Emmanuel Kwesi Aning

Outlining Africa’s security challenges Dr. Aning takes a critical look at the role of the United States in the search for security with a focus on the African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI) program that was introduced by the Clinton Administration. Under the program the United States assists African troops with training and logistics to intervene and keep the peace in troubled spots. The author discusses the motivation for ACRI by examining American policy considerations including the perception of threats to its interests. He also takes a realistic look at the security condition in Africa. The initiative, however, has been viewed with suspicion by many African states, particularly as it impinges on efforts by local collective security initiatives. The implications of ACRI for the OAU and ECOWAS conflict management mechanisms need the careful attention of African policymakers. What is the future of ACRI in the context of United States-Africa relations? What are the likely responses to African crises by the new George Bush, Jr. Administration? The author explores these critical questions by examining recent statements by two leading Bush advisors, Secretary of State General Colin Powell and National Security Advisor Condeleezza Rice. Conceding that it is “too early to make conclusive judgements,” Dr. Aning expects Washington to cooperate with its European partners in enhancing Africa’s capacity to respond to conflicts.

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