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Vol 51 No 3

Published 5th February 2010

More money for the military

The Pentagon is expanding the reach and role of its new Africa command after a shaky start

The United States’ military strategy in Africa, much criticised under President George W. Bush, looks much the same over a year after the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The Pentagon controls over 20% of US assistance to Africa, prompting accusations of militarisation of policy. In Washington, diplomats prefer to speak of a policy vacuum and complain that their civilian agencies are underfunded.

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