The State of African Security

". . . [W]ith the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan being far less demanding than they were before, the United States now has the opportunity to contribute more meaningfully to Africa's security."

As he nears the end of his presidency, Obama should consider such a bold move. To be sure, economic and aid initiatives remain crucial as well, but with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan being far less demanding than they were before, the United States now has the opportunity to contribute more meaningfully to Africa's security.

Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow at Brookings, member of the Africa Security Initiative there, and author of the new book, The Future of Land Warfare. Kelly Sampier is a graduate of St. Lawrence University in New York.

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