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A Strategic Framework to Improve Coronavirus Response in Africa

The response to the global pandemic by African countries and their external partners has been hampered by a lack of coordination. To streamline efforts to combat the coronavirus in Africa, the U.S. should consider exporting the “Quad Plus” framework used in the Indo-Pacific.

Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Regional Organizations’ Application of R2P: The ECOWAS Military Intervention Into the Gambia

African regional bodies, are increasingly taking a larger role in promotion of peace and security in their respective regions. This is in stark contrast to previous years, when the main concern of these bodies was economic.

War Powers

President Obama Sends War Powers Letter to Congress Regarding 300 Troops Headed to Cameroon

Today, President Barack Obama sent a War Powers letter to Congress noting that as of October 12, 2015, approximately 90 U.S. Armed Forces personnel began deploying to Cameroon "with the consent of the Government of Cameroon." According to the letter, the deployment is in "furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests" consonant with Article II powers of the president.

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