APrayer for Marie: Creating an Effective African Standby Force

Denning, Mike
December 2004
Parameters: U.S. Army War College;Winter2004-2005, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p102
Academic Journal
The article discusses the need for an African standby force. While the Rwanda tragedy is unparalleled with regard to the killers' speed and "efficiency," there is nothing new about violence on the African continent. In fact, no region of the world has seen a greater number of foreign or the U.S. military interventions in the past decade than Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 1991, US forces have conducted 31 contingency operations in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. In terms of almost every meaningful measurement--the number of countries with internal disputes, the number of UN peacekeeping missions, the number of civilian casualties, the number of displaced civilians, or the monetary cost to the international community--Africa has been the most likely location for the requirement for armed humanitarian intervention over the past ten years.


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