AFRICOM and the Militarization of Development

    In February 2007, President George W. Bush announced plans to create the U.S. Africa Command as a way to have the military boost African development. The move remains controversial. Francis Fukuyama, international development program director at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, believes the trend to militarize development is dangerous and undermines the development mission.

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    • David Francis

      David is a Washington-based journalist and former Devex staffer who spearheaded Devex's "Obama's Foreign Aid Reform" blog. He has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Pittsburgh Post Gazette,, San Francisco Chronicle, Foreign Policy magazine, and the Washington Monthly. David holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a graduate degree from Georgetown University.

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