Peace and Security in Africa: A Shared Transatlantic Goal

In 2013, the African Union laid out an extraordinarily ambitious goal of “silencing the guns” and achieving a conflict-free continent by 2020. Five years on, it is as clear as ever that, while the timeframe is unrealistic, the overall goal of ending the armed conflicts that plague parts of the continent remains not just admirable, but vital for Africa’s security as well as that of the rest of the world. Conflict prevention and mitigation in Africa should provide fertile ground for international cooperation, particularly between the United States and Europe.

In pursuit of their own interests, both Europe and the United States devote significant resources to peace and security challenges in Africa. Both parties are frustrated by the limits of UN peacekeeping in overcoming chronic…

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