U.S. Africa Command Academic Symposium in Dakar

On 7/26/2010 4:09:07 PM Brigadier General Stayce D. Harris, Mobilization Reserve Assistant to the Commander wrote

A wealth of meaningful dialogue was exchanged in Dakar, Senegal this month at the fourth U.S. Africa Command Academic Symposium, a partnership of Africa Command and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS). The symposium aimed to provide recommendations to Africa Command on how it can improve its peace and security efforts in Africa.

As a participant in one of the small group forums, we discussed the presentations given by subject matter experts from areas ranging from trafficking and trans-national threats to civil-military relations. Equipped with that knowledge and based on our own experiences, we developed recommendations to the command on how it can better engage in the future. For me, it was a great learning experience to meet with nearly 80 African, European and U.S. academics to openly discuss strategies for Africa Commands future emphasizing a security focused vision as expressed by our African partners. Our group brought forth recommendations regarding gender issues, civilian oversight, good governance and food security to name a few.

Thank you to Africa Command and ACSS for providing this forum for this valuable exchange.

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