Africa: Testing Ground for the new U.S. Defense Guidance for the 21st Century›By leadership project // Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Pentagon’s new strategic guidance, “Sustaining U.S.Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense,” released in January 2012 outlines major changes in the U.S. defense posture, from a geostrategic shift toward Asia and the Pacific to restructuring its forces. The section on stability and counterinsurgency operations states that the U.S. will no longer “…conduct large-scale, prolonged stability operations” as it has done in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rather, the U.S. will “emphasize non-military means and military-to-military cooperation.” Specifically, the U.S. will focus on building the capabilities of partners in regions at risk and rely more heavily on Special Forces, technology, and intelligence, as well as diplomacy and development assistance to promote U.S. national security.MORE
EUROPE’S INTEGRATION AND AFRICA’S: Any message for US Policy?›By leadership project // Thursday, September 13, 2012
By Francis A. Kornegay, Jr. Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center
At the beginning of September, the New YorkTimes praised European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi’s decision to ease the Eurozone crisis by throwing the ECB’s financial clout behind protecting Spain and Italy from financial collapse. This was seen as its biggest steps yet in stirring the European Union (EU) toward a “more federal Europe” rather than a “collection of nation states that often seem to share little more than a common currency and a slumping regional economy.”
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