Podcast / American Prestige / Feb 13, 2024

The Problem With US Security Assistance to Africa 

On this episode of American Prestige, Elizabeth Shackelford discusses US involvement across the continent.

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US Security Assistance to Africa w/ Elizabeth Shackelford | American Prestige
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On this episode of American Prestige, Derek speaks with Elizabeth Shackelford, former U.S. diplomat and current foreign affairs columnist for The Chicago Tribune, about U.S. involvement across Africa. They talk about Elizabeth’s own history in Somalia and South Sudan, America’s understanding of the places in which it’s involved, the generational timeline needed to change the trajectory of foreign policy, where the securitized view of Africa began, how the U.S. has approached places like Burkina Faso and Cameroon, and what a better U.S. policy in Africa might look like.

Elizabeth’s report with Ethan Kessler and Emma Sanderson, “Less is More: A New Strategy for US Security Assistance to Africa”.

Elizabeth’s book The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age.

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Young men sell milk along the street in Juba.

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On this episode of American Prestige, Derek speaks with Elizabeth Shackelford, a former US diplomat and the current foreign affairs columnist for the Chicago Tribune, about US involvement across Africa. They talk about Elizabeth’s own history in Somalia and South Sudan, America’s understanding of the places in which it’s involved, the generational timeline needed to change the trajectory of foreign policy, where the securitized view of Africa began, how the United States has approached places like Burkina Faso and Cameroon, and what a better US policy in Africa might look like.

Elizabeth’s report with Ethan Kessler and Emma Sanderson: “Less is More: A New Strategy for US Security Assistance to Africa.”

Elizabeth’s book: The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age.

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Assassination And US Foreign Policy Since 1945 with Luca Trenta | American Prestige
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On this episode of American Prestige, Danny and Derek are pleased to welcome back to the podcast Luca Trenta, associate professor in International Relations at Swansea University and author of The President’s Kill List. The group discusses assassinations and international law, when and how assassination became a tool for US foreign policy, the difficulties in accessing declassified documents about this topic, the unsuccessful attempts on the life of Fidel Castro and successful operations against the likes of Osama Bin Laden and Patrice Lumumba, the intelligence community using assassination as a “low level” (i.e. not nuclear) form of retaliation in the Cold War, the contemporary justifications for assassinations as “self defense”, the notion of “imminence”, and more.

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Derek Davison is a writer and analyst specializing in international affairs and US foreign policy. He is the publisher of the Foreign Exchanges newsletter, cohost of the American Prestige podcast, and former editor of LobeLog.

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