The Provision of Lethal Military Equipment: French, UK and US Peacekeeping Policies Towards Africa

The Provision of Lethal Military Equipment

The United States military has been and always will be a dominant force on the battlefield and through many different warzones throughout the years since the founding of our great nation. Though the military is a key instrument of war fighting it also plays a key role in the support of peace and the prevention of conflict for the United States and its allies. Through operations in support of peacekeeping and peace enforcement efforts, the United States military has been a driving force for peace and stability as well as an overwhelming force of martial prowess in many regions of the world. We’ve already proven through our efforts over the years in places like Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, that through maintaining a strong and vigilant military presence stability and movement towards peace can be accelerated and strived for.

This endeavor of peacekeeping and is key to the four principle interests outlined during President Obama’s National Security Strategy which are listed as, security, prosperity, values, and international order (Stiehm, 2012). The principle of keeping the peace and maintaining economic and military stability throughout the world not only benefits the national interest of the United States but also the global community as a whole. It also serves to support the other principles of the National Security Strategy and strengthen the commitment we’ve made to our allies all around the world and show those whom may be considered to be potential adversaries that we are willing to defend not only ourselves but our allies as well.

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