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Mr. Robert G. Berschinski is currently a graduate student in International Relations, concentrating on U.S. security policy at Yale University. Prior to his return to academia, Mr. Berschinski served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is a veteran of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, where he served as a targeting analyst for a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Al Anbar province. As intelligence flight commander of the 86th Contingency Response Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Mr. Berschinski led antiterrorism and force-protection intelligence analysis for U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s premier contingency airfield operations unit responsible for Europe and Africa. He worked in Kigali, Rwanda, as the Air Force’s chief of deployed intelligence for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Operation AFRICAN UNION MISSION IN SUDAN II (AMIS II), and provided reach-back support to European Command’s 2005 Operation FLINTLOCK. Mr. Berschinski has published works in the Yale Journal of International Affairs, The Politic, and The Encyclopedia of the Cold War, and has served as a panelist on the U.S. strategic perspective in Africa at the U.S. Army War College. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.
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Authored by Robert G. Berschinski.
Africa is quickly emerging as a region of strategic importance. United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) is charged with strengthening stability and security on the continent. The author argues that recent U.S. military operations in Africa have not bolstered U.S. interests, and should be reevaluated as AFRICOM reaches full operating capability.