When investigative reporters learn their trade, the first advice they get is: follow the money. For those hoping to understand something more about global politics, this should quickly be followed by advice to follow the troops.
Under the guise of expanding ’security assistance programmes’ - a euphemism for supporting client states - the US government is establishing a new unified command structure for its forces in sub-Saharan Africa. It is also motivated, no doubt, by China’s concerted effort to secure energy supplies from the continent.
This new strategy is discussed in The Nation this week by Danny Glover and Nicole Lee. For a more detailed analysis, it is worth checking out this article by Daniel Vollman in Pambazuka News.