This issue contains two themes: U.S. security interests and challenges in Africa; and Cook County, Illinois security issues.
Part I: U.S. Security Interests in Africa
Africa is undergoing a period of both economic and political transition, and the consequences of uprising, insurgency, and terrorism, partially relating to the aftershocks of the Arab Spring. For example, in North Africa, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco have been on the front lines of rapid turnover and change emanating from the Arab Spring. In other countries, such as Mali and Somalia, Islamic insurgency has sparked regional and international military responses to stem this security threat.
Africa is generally considered low priority for U.S. national security. However, recent trends suggest its ascent on the list of strategic priorities. The central theme of this section is the calculus and consequences of increased U.S. attention on African security issues. Articles include:
- AFRICOM: A New National Security Approach for the 21st Century?
- How the Dragon of Prosperity Uses State Power and Resources in Africa to Displace Western Influence
- The Arab Spring, Moroccan Exceptionalism, and U.S. Strategic Interests
- Turmoil in the Middle East: How Has Morocco Fared?
- Operation Serval in Mali: The Fight Against Terrorism and the Strengthening of States
Part II: Cook County Urban Security
In Spring of 2012, the NSF argued that national security began at the local level, using the City of Chicago’s security strategy as a point of departure for discussing local level security issues facing other large municipalities across the U.S. This theme is amplified with a closer look at urban security issues facing Cook County, Illinois. The policies and strategies put in place by Cook County officials are a single component of the national security patchwork. Without security at the local level, as in Cook County, Illinois, the national security structure is weakened. Articles include:
- Chicago’s Gang Problem
- Cybersecurity and the Private Sector
- Chicago’s FInancial Cybersecurity
- Tackling Student Gun Violence in Chicago
- Cyber Threats to the Power Grid
- Climate Change and Nuclear Power
- Risk and the Chicago Infrastructure Trust
- Solutions for Hurricane Sandy-like Flooding
- Illinois’ Pension Problem
- Viewpoints on Gun Laws
- Addressing Violence in Chicago
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