AFRICOM's Role in Water Security

  • June 29, 2012
  • Christopher M Best

Few substances on Earth are as important to human survival as water, with access to clean fresh water essential to the growth of industry, agriculture, and particularly to human population centers. This paper focuses on AFRICOM’s role in preserving U.S. interests in Africa by fostering water security through a discussion of major water challenges facing Africa in the near future, the relationship between water security and U.S. national security interests, and AFRICOM’s role in water security. Water security will become an increasingly important issue as the global population increases and access to water becomes more limited, and AFRICOM has the opportunity to play a crucial role in African water security given its resources and military connection to various water stressed African states.