Ambassador Phillip Carter III speaks at AUP

October 8, 2015

Ambassador Phillip Carter III at AUP

Professors Steven Ekovich and Susan Perry organized for Phillip Carter, the Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement at the United States Africa Command (Africom), to come to speak at AUP last month. The event was held in the newly renovated Combes building with an audience full of students, military officers from the French War College, specialists on African Affairs, and a variety of journalists. 

Ambassador Carter emphasized that while Africom is an American organization, they collaborate with ambassadors and other nations across the globe to promote international cooperation. He outlined the four fundamental goals of the agency as strengthening democratic institutions within Africa, spurring economic growth, advancing peace and security, and promoting opportunity and development. Their main efforts are in the disruption of transnational threats, protection of US citizens and facilities, mitigation of conflict, and the enhancement of defense systems of African nations. He briefly summarized their five current objectives within Africom, which are: 

  • Neutralizing Al Shabaab, a jihadist militant group based in Somalia
  • Peacekeeping in Libya, as well as promoting the development of a Libyan Defense​​
  • Defeating Boko Haram in Nigeria and surrounding areas
  • Intercepting illicit maritime activity off the coast of West Africa
  • Instructing African nations on how to train peacekeeping troops

To watch Ambassador Carter's full speech, check out the video below: