Security Assistance In Africa, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 4, 2015   [open pdf - 766KB]

This is a testimony compilation from the June 4, 2015 hearing "Security Assistance In Africa," held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the testimony of Linda Thomas-Greenfield: "Given state fragility, conflict, and transnational security issues, the promotion of peace and security in Africa remains one of the United States' highest priorities, and is critical to attainment of our democracy and governance, economic, and development goals. We are actively pursuing policies of partnership and ways to promote solutions that yield long-term results. In Fiscal Year 2014, the Department of State committed approximately $496 million in bilateral peace and security assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa. Resources are used to support conflict prevention and mitigation, atrocity prevention, stabilization operations, security sector reform, peacekeeping operations, targeted counterterrorism and counter-narcotics initiatives, counter wildlife trafficking, nonproliferation, conventional weapons destruction, and maritime safety and security programs throughout the region. With the overarching goal of helping our African partners, our security policy addresses three broad priorities: peacekeeping and the prevention of additional conflicts, strengthening the security sector in partner states, and countering terrorism and other transnational threats." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Puneet Talwar, Amanda J. Dory, and Lauren Ploch Blanchard.

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