n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - An eagle's nest in Niger and the political economy implications of US military strategy in Africa : Africa-wide - investing in conflict zones - : Africa-wide - investing in conflict zones

Volume 2013, Issue 04
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Since 2001, America's global war on terror has visited upon destinations from Baghdad to Bogotá and other long-time hotbeds of terrorism and conflict. Now Uncle Sam and his army appear to be nesting down in West Africa. On 22 February 2013, United States (US) President, Barack Obama, announced that 100 American troops were now on the ground in Niger to setup a new base for military drone aircraft to operate in the region. With over 1,000 US military installations around the globe (over half of which are in Afghanistan), another small base in another small, little-known developing country is of little import to global geo-strategy. But in Sub-Saharan Africa, and especially West Africa, this military foray into the region is historic. Furthermore, of those 1,000 installations, none are located in a country as poor as Niger, with its average per capita income of a mere US$ 700 a year.

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