Inclusive Human Security:

U.S. National Security Policy, Africa, and the African Diaspora

In 2009, TransAfrica and the TransAfrica Forum Scholars Council prepared this authoritative report. From the Message from the Chairman and Executive Director:

Inclusive Security: U.S. National Security Policy, Africa, and the African Diaspora represents TransAfrica Forum’s first set of comprehensive recommendations for U.S. policy towards Africa and the African Diaspora. This document comes at a critical time in our country’s history. Market fundamentalism, the dominant economic model for over twenty years, has collapsed. Our country’s economic future is more uncertain than at any time since the Great Depression.

Since the ascendency of this right-wing economic model, under President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher, the reaction from Africa and the Diaspora has been consistent: these policies known as neo-liberalism have impoverished millions and profoundly damaged prospects for development in the Global South. The current global economic crisis and U.S. recession are now further demonstrating its failure in the United States and other rich countries as well.

While this economic model has been exposed as a failure, the ability of the new administration of Barack H. Obama to make dramatic shifts from these entrenched politics is limited. The Obama victory in and of itself is historic, and cause for celebration if only as a testament to the dramatic distance the country has traveled along the path of social justice. But the new president is constrained by realpolitik and objective economic realities—including a massive national debt, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the costs, now overdue, of decades of under-investment in our domestic infrastructure. Globally, the need for an aggressive and proactive environmental agenda adds new daunting demands. There is a danger that relying on past experience and a large infusion of personnel tied to past policies will suffocate the change that is needed.

Nonetheless, at TransAfrica Forum, we also see tremendous opportunity, if those of us who support a different vision of the future can make our voices heard...

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