Why is the U.S. Military Occupying Bases Across Africa?

Posted on Friday January 21 2022

By Eric Schewe in JSTOR Daily, April 11, 2018

In recent months, many Americans have been surprised to learn that the U.S. has an extensive military presence in Africa. In recent months, many Americans have been surprised to learn that the U.S. has an extensive military presence in Africa. An intelligence snafu over fitness tracker data produced by U.S. soldiers using Fitbits and other devices while running laps provided a clear snapshot of their deployments…

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Does US military training incubate coups in Africa? The jury is still out.

Posted on Thursday January 20 2022

By Lee J. M. Seymour  and Theodore McLauchlin in The Conversation, September 28, 2020

Military officers overthrew Mali’s government in a coup d’état on August 18, 2020. Among the more worrying aspects of the coup is the fact that a number of the officers involved had received foreign training, most notably from the United States. In fact, this was the second time in eight years that US-trained officers in Mali had launched a coup…

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Responsible Statecraft Requires Remaking America’s Foreign Relations Tool Kit

Posted on Tuesday December 14 2021

By Gordon Adams in Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, February 25, 2021

American statecraft is in urgent need of change. The United States faces a more imposing set of international realities and challenges than any it has faced for the past 70 years, and its foreign policy institutions are poorly prepared to deal with them. Dreams of restoring past U.S. dominance as “leader of the free world” or sitting “at the head of the table,” as President Biden has put it, are today illusory, or even dangerous…

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Fixing US diplomacy will take more than re-arranging deck chairs – more like a new ship

Posted on Wednesday December 8 2021

By Gordon Adams in Responsible Statecraft, February 25, 2021

President Joe Biden has now stated several times that America is “back at the table” internationally, and will be “leading with diplomacy” in an effort to “earn back our position of trusted leadership.” But our civilian institutions are not ready for the challenge of demilitarizing U.S. foreign policy and engaging in a dramatically different world…

To read the entire article, click here.

A new world is dawning, and the US will no longer lead it

Posted on Wednesday December 8 2021

By Gordon Adams in The Conversation, June 26, 2018

From pulling out of treaties to denigrating allies to starting trade wars, the impulsive actions of President Donald Trump are upending the international order that has been in place since the end of World War II.

But even before Trump’s belligerent foreign policy positions, America had been gradually losing its dominant role in world affairs…

To read the entire article, click here.

America’s Polarization Is a Foreign Policy Problem, Too

Posted on Thursday November 4 2021

By Stephen M. Walt in Foreign Policy, March 11, 2019

Partisan Politics, one sometimes still hears, are supposed to “stop at the water’s edge.”  Domestic political quarrels might be intense and occasionally personal, but Americans are supposed to temper their disagreements and link arms when dealing with the outside world.

This notion was always a bit of an exaggeration — if not outright myth — even in the heyday of the fabled “Cold War consensus…

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A 9/11 widower refuses to succumb to hate. Can the country do the same?

Posted on Thursday September 30 2021

By Mitchell Zuckoff, Globe Correspondent, The Boston Globe, September 4, 2021

I’ve been living with 9/11 since the day itself, when I wrote the lead story about the attacks for this newspaper with help from numerous colleagues. Later, for a book, I spent years listening to, and sometimes crying with, hundreds of survivors, victims’ family members, heroic responders, military and government officials, witnesses, and others, many still scarred physically and emotionally…

To read the full article, click here:  Mitchell Zukoff Article.

Three Articles/Videos by Sean McFate

Posted on Wednesday September 1 2021

Below are links to two articles and one video by Sean McFate, the Forum speaker for September 2021:

Shifting the blame: How the Pentagon lost Afghanistan, The Hill, August 17, 2021.  How could Afghan security forces wholesale collapse after $83 billion have been spent to train and equip them?   To find out click here.

What the Return of Mercenaries Means for the World Politics, Politics Today, May 18, 2021.  There is good news. Mercenaries are as old as war, yet the world did not devolve into anarchy, as is often portrayed by critics of private force. In fact, they can even do good, if hired to do so.  To read the article, click here.

Technology Doesn’t Win Wars. Why the US Pretends It Does, Think Big, January 27, 2019.  To view this video click here.

 

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Why is the U.S. Military Occupying Bases Across Africa?

Posted on Friday January 21

By Eric Schewe in JSTOR Daily, April 11, 2018 In recent months, many Americans have been surprised to learn that the U.S. has an extensive military presence in Africa. In recent months, many Americans have been surprised to learn that the U.S. has an extensive military presence in Africa. An intelligence snafu over fitness tracker […]

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Does US military training incubate coups in Africa? The jury is still out.

Posted on Thursday January 20

By Lee J. M. Seymour  and Theodore McLauchlin in The Conversation, September 28, 2020 Military officers overthrew Mali’s government in a coup d’état on August 18, 2020. Among the more worrying aspects of the coup is the fact that a number of the officers involved had received foreign training, most notably from the United States. In fact, this was the second […]

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Responsible Statecraft Requires Remaking America’s Foreign Relations Tool Kit

Posted on Tuesday December 14

By Gordon Adams in Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, February 25, 2021 American statecraft is in urgent need of change. The United States faces a more imposing set of international realities and challenges than any it has faced for the past 70 years, and its foreign policy institutions are poorly prepared to deal with them. […]

Read full announcement »

Fixing US diplomacy will take more than re-arranging deck chairs – more like a new ship

Posted on Wednesday December 8

By Gordon Adams in Responsible Statecraft, February 25, 2021 President Joe Biden has now stated several times that America is “back at the table” internationally, and will be “leading with diplomacy” in an effort to “earn back our position of trusted leadership.” But our civilian institutions are not ready for the challenge of demilitarizing U.S. foreign […]

Read full announcement »

A new world is dawning, and the US will no longer lead it

Posted on Wednesday December 8

By Gordon Adams in The Conversation, June 26, 2018 From pulling out of treaties to denigrating allies to starting trade wars, the impulsive actions of President Donald Trump are upending the international order that has been in place since the end of World War II. But even before Trump’s belligerent foreign policy positions, America had […]

Read full announcement »

America’s Polarization Is a Foreign Policy Problem, Too

Posted on Thursday November 4

By Stephen M. Walt in Foreign Policy, March 11, 2019 Partisan Politics, one sometimes still hears, are supposed to “stop at the water’s edge.”  Domestic political quarrels might be intense and occasionally personal, but Americans are supposed to temper their disagreements and link arms when dealing with the outside world. This notion was always a […]

Read full announcement »

A 9/11 widower refuses to succumb to hate. Can the country do the same?

Posted on Thursday September 30

By Mitchell Zuckoff, Globe Correspondent, The Boston Globe, September 4, 2021 I’ve been living with 9/11 since the day itself, when I wrote the lead story about the attacks for this newspaper with help from numerous colleagues. Later, for a book, I spent years listening to, and sometimes crying with, hundreds of survivors, victims’ family […]

Read full announcement »

Three Articles/Videos by Sean McFate

Posted on Wednesday September 1

Below are links to two articles and one video by Sean McFate, the Forum speaker for September 2021: Shifting the blame: How the Pentagon lost Afghanistan, The Hill, August 17, 2021.  How could Afghan security forces wholesale collapse after $83 billion have been spent to train and equip them?   To find out click here. What […]

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