Paved with Good Intentions: Should the U.S. Military Conduct Operations in West Africa to Support Stability? [open pdf - 613KB]
From the Thesis Abstract: "The U.S. Department of Defense conducts stability operations as part of a whole-of-government approach to minimize and eliminate economic and political instabilty [sic] world-wide. Though many of these operations are conducted in post-conflict regions, others are conducted 'to the left of boom,' during phase 0 shaping operations. Due to the controversy about what causes conflict, there is understandable debate whether DoD-led stability operations can actually increase long-term stability in a region. This paper examines what is known about causes of conflict, and how that can inform DoD-led stability operations and consolidation operations. It then answers the questions if and how the US should conduct operations to support stability in West Africa."
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