America’s conflict prevention strategy could be a game-changer

The new US conflict prevention strategy imposed by the two-part ‘Global Fragility Act’ is seen by observers as a step in the right direction towards US foreign policy that truly “stops at the water’s edge” and serves US interests and international peace and security.

Seven African countries will benefit from the first phase of the strategy, which has attracted the attention of African experts and organizations.

Sudanese press writer Mekki ELMOGRABI predicts that the implementation of the new US conflict prevention strategy will be a “game-changer” and improve the US image in the world, especially in Africa and third world countries, where the “image of the US” creates ‘constructive chaos’ – true or false – will be transformed into a new positive image, “he said.

The US administration has selected Haiti, Libya, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea and five countries in the coastal region of West Africa (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Togo) to implement the first phase of the ten-year strategy.

By comparing the push and pull factors of terrorism, Mekki asked how the strategy would address the negative effects of neighboring and regional countries that the United States did not choose in the first phase, “The United States will act in one area within the strategy and possibly begin a counter-terrorism operation a few miles away while delivering tons of USAID aid to the same tribe that was spreading in another country, “he argued.

There are still some concerns, but this strategy has put US foreign policy on track and all of these issues will be addressed, he concluded.


Mekki ELMOGRABI is a media consultant, press writer focusing on development and stability in Africa.

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