October 1, 2007

HARRISONBURG—A new study by Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, sets out the strategic context for the new United States Department of Defense unified combatant command for Africa (AFRICOM) and outlines its likely contours.

The 10-page article, “ Securing Africa,” appears in the special issue of the Journal of International Security Affairs dedicated to the problems and prospects which confront U.S. policymakers in Africa. Other contributors to the issue include former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele; John Prendergast, co-chair of the ENOUGH Campaign; Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch; Reuven Paz and Moshe Terdman of the Project for the Research of Islamist Movements (PRISM) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya; and Claudia Rosett, journalist-in-residence at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

In his article, noting that “the new American security framework is still taking shape,” Dr. Pham argues that “it is already evident that the architecture is one that neither lends itself to quick fixes nor promises all-that-many immediate results. Rather, it calls for a steady approach and sustained commitment in the pursuit of a long-term strategic objective which will secure U.S. interests as well as African needs. But, given the high stakes involved, nothing less should be expected.”

The Journal of International Security Affairs is edited by Dr. Ilan Berman, vice president for policy at the American Foreign Policy Council, and sponsored by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

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