African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA)

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Nov 1996. Implemented, May 1997, as a US State Department, Bureau of African Affairs peacekeeper training programme. Began under the Clinton Administration as African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI); continued under the Bush Administration as ACOTA Program. Expected to continue under the Obama Administration as 'ACOTA'.


Promote conflict transformation in Africa in support of peace and stability; assist African nations and Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to respond to humanitarian crises and internationally-mandated Peace Support Operations (PSOs) in all parts of Africa to stabilize, resolve, settle, or prevent further or wider conflicts; enhance the capacity of the African Union, Regional Economic Communities and individual TCCs to plan, initiate, perform, sustain, and eventually complete complex peace missions with minimal non-African involvement in the future; instil professional peacekeeping skills and humanitarian principles in support of conflict transformation; promote the sense of regional cooperation in supporting international peace and stability operations; support the concept of regional peacekeeping brigades in support of the African Standby Force (ASF); expand the number of partners supporting PSOs; establish continental, regional and national abilities to train, equip and deploy peacekeepers in support of the common good in Africa; train sufficient quantities of professional peacekeepers to allow Africa and the AU the wherewithal to populate regional PSOs at whatever levels the United Nations or African Union deems appropriate for the missions.


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