Research Summaries

Back Understanding and Responding to Conflict in Africa: Implication of Focusing on Root Causes Versus Complex End-States

Fiscal Year 2010
Division School of International Graduate Studies
Department National Security Affairs
Investigator(s) Piombo, Jessica R.
Sponsor Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DoD)
Summary This project will evaluate a conundrum facing policymakers in the U.S. government and elsewhere, whether to focus on root causes or complex problems when devising policy to deal with violent conflict. It would explicitly focus on the twin issues of what approach policy makers should take, and what tradeoffs the choice taken then creates. The project would conduct this analysis through a case study of a specific conflict in Africa, focusing analysis on the intersections of various security challenges in one conflict and analyze at what level the conflict should be understood in order to help inform policy decisions across the range of U.S. government agencies that address issues of African security. The fundamental question that this project would address is: What are the tradeoffs of different approaches (foundations versus end-states) to understanding and dealing with the security environment? Related to this, what are the explicit linkages between sets of security threats and what complex security vulnerabilities do those create?
Keywords African Security; Conflict; Conflict Management
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