US should focus on supporting African institutions — including military — as best way to help the continent, analysts say

Army Maj. Gen. Todd McCaffrey, Assistant Chief of Staff, salutes the official party during the U.S. Africa Command change of command ceremony at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, July 26. (Rey Ramon/U.S. Army)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. should find ways to further hone its support of structural institutions for government and civil society in Africa as the way to enhance and solidify development of democratic and economic foundations in African nations, a panel of analysts said Monday.

Included in the recipe for a better and likely more successful U.S. support role on the continent is what some may see as a surprise ingredient: well-designed increases in

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