As the Pentagon contemplates a drawdown of the U.S. military presence in Africa, it is imperative for the U.S. military to reaffirm its non-counterterrorism missions in the region and reform how it executes its counterterrorism programs.
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In the nearly two decades since 9/11, the United States has increasingly relied on security assistance programs to train, advise and equip foreign military and police forces in an effort to fight threats before they reach the United States.
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.
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.
In this episode Aaron talks to Jacob Zenn about the group commonly referred to as Boko Haram. They covered a variety of topics including: