When: Thursday, February 06 2014, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: 041 Haldeman Center Contact : Lee McDavid, 603-646-1278 "Taking Aim at Poaching: The View from America’s Top Military Officer in Africa" (Dartmouth College, NH)
General Carter Ham (ret.), US Africa Command
Poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking in Africa have been major challenges for conservation and the economic well-being of nations on the African continent. He explains how poachers, who are well-armed, well-financed and increasingly violent, take advantage of under-governed and insecure regions. Increasingly, a linkage has been emerging between poachers and other international criminal networks; some ties to extremist organizations also may be developing. Last year, President Obama unveiled a new US effort to support countries as they seek to combat poaching, and, as the head of U.S. Africa Command, General Carter Ham oversaw America’s liaison with security forces across the continent. He explains how poachers, who are well-armed, well-financed and increasingly violent, take advantage of under-governed and insecure regions beyond the reach of most African governments. To address this growing phenomena, he describes the kind of coordinated global approach that would build the capacities of African security forces, interdict the networks and counter the growing demand for rare skins, horns and ivory.
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