Washington Notes on Africa

by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
February 1995
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The single article in this newsletter makes the case for U.S. funding for United Nations peacekeeping and peacemaking operations in African countries. It calls attention to negative impacts on U.S. support for such operations contained in the National Security Revitalization Act (H.R. 7), which reflects the foreign policy and defense proposals contained in the House of Representatives Republican’s Contract with America. Positive impacts of U.N. missions in Namibia and Mozambique in support of elections in 1990 and 1994, respectively, were significant, but received little public attention. Rwandans paid a huge price for the failure of sufficient international response in Rwanda in April and May of 1994. The decision not to intervene was largely the result of the killing of 18 American soldiers in Somalia in 1993. The article calls for support for African Conflict Resolution Act, passed in 1994, which mandates U.S. support for troop demobilization and efforts to build African conflict resolution capacity.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections