Domestic or International Terrorism? A Dysfunctional Dialogue   [open pdf - 46KB]

"Most American dialogue about terrorism with Africans, particularly with countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, is dysfunctional. Americans focus on acts of international terrorism while Africans are more concerned about cases of domestic terrorism that rarely reach the pages of major American newspapers. The problem begins with lack of an agreed upon definition of terrorism....The U.S. is motivated by international terrorism, especially when it involves Americans. If the U.S continues a dialogue with Africans that is aimed primarily at reducing attacks on foreigners, especially Westerners, it will encounter African leaders who pay lip service to American concerns and who are happy to take U.S. financial assistance, but the two parties will have a different agenda. At the same time, this is not an argument for encouraging the U.S. to support autocratic governments in Africa that are confronting local opposition groups that use terrorist tactics. It is rather a warning that the U.S. needs to be very clear what it is dealing with on the other side of the table when it discusses the topic with African governments and supports counterterrorism programs in Africa."

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Africa: Vital to U.S. Security Symposium. Washington, D.C. 15-16 November 2005
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