February 21, 2020

VOA News: US Military Assures Africa of Continued Support

February 20th, 2020

Voice of America

Mohammed Yusuf, journalist with VOA News, interviewed Yan St-Pierre on the US military’s support to African governments in securing and stabilising their countries.

Analyst Yan St-Pierre, who runs the Berlin-based security firm MOSECON, says African governments need to work on winning over the population.

“It’s all about the relationship with the local population. We have seen in other areas, not only in Africa but the rest of the world, if the local population has a strange relationship with the guardian, the military, the police, that creates a situation where the terrorist can provide and the military they don’t trust,” St-Pierre said.

St-Pierre said another problem is that African security forces are often dependent on international aid and training. In many ways, he says, that dependency lets outsiders dictate strategy for African forces, which he says is “not conducive for very specific needs of an area.”

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