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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard legal team greeted Brig. Gen. Dan Kuwali of the Malawi Defense Force, for a 2-day visit that included a tour of the Kentucky Capital Building and introductions to guards April 21-22.

Kuwali, the Chief Legal Officer and Judge Advocate General, crossed paths with Kentucky Army and Air Guard staff judge advocates Col. Joyce Gordon, 123rd Air Wing, and Col. Jason Shepherd, Joint Force Headquarters, Army, while participating in the African Army Law Forum (AMLF) in 2019. Their friendship solidified when the topics of fishing and tobacco were discussed.

“We were fascinated by the number of connections between Kentucky and Malawi and how small this planet is, Shepherd said. “One of the employees in the governor’s office is from Malawi. When we arrived in the capital, and Brigadier General Kuwali heard the native greeting in Chichewa (Malawi’s native dialect), there were immediate smiles before realizing he knew her dad and her my brother,” Kuwali interjected from his seat. “Just like Kentucky,” laughed Shepherd.

Through a recent AMLF, Shepherd learned that Kuwali was attending the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

It was then that Shepherd and Gordon felt drawn to take advantage of the closeness by inviting Kuwali to speak to the Kentucky Guard’s legal affiliates and key leaders of the organization.

After working with Ms. Sandra Franzblau and the U.S. Africa Command legal engagement teams, the proposal was underway to select presentation and dates.

Shepherd and his colleagues selected a presentation that would be relevant to the Kentucky State Partnership Program in Djibouti. Brig. General Kuwali discussed opportunities for the United States to use soft power in Africa to counterbalance China’s widespread soft power commitments on the continent.

“It’s not just for lawyers,” Fransblau said. “This is meant for everyone to understand why this matters and how it affects them now.”

The following is a preview of Brig. General Dan Kuwali, LL. D.

To watch Taming the Tiger: Countering China’s Influence in Africa: https://youtu.be/MrjEm005rFw

The presentation argues that to counter the deleterious effects of Chinese
presence in Africa, the United States should leverage its influence by
focus on areas that Beijing has ignored, such as strengthening security
governance of the sector, reinforcement of peace support capacities, improvement of
human resource capacities and investment in agriculture, which can also
contribute to the empowerment of women and young people.

His thesis argues that instead of exacerbating antagonism in strategic competition, the United States should adopt a strategy of calibrated cooperation where Washington can cement its
leadership role in advancing compliance with international standards and
sustainable development, forcing Beijing to follow suit.

The conclusion and policy recommendations of this presentation will help the United States devise strategies to support African countries while deterring hostile Chinese policy and geopolitical influence on the continent.

Besides talking about the effects of the Chinese presence in Africa, Kuwali discussed his ideas on African crises.

To watch the full presentation from Insider’s Insights: African Crises: https://youtu.be/W7N_S94O82o

Kuwali is Professor of International Law and International Relations at the University of Pretoria and Visiting Professor at Lund University, Sweden, where he also obtained his Masters and Doctorate in International Law.

He was a fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and served as legal adviser to the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently, he is a Fellow and Scholar at the United States War College in Pennsylvania. He is a founding member of the African Military Law Forum and current Chairman of its Board of Directors.

Professor Kuwali has published widely, including several books and dozens of peer-reviewed articles. His most recent publications include the Oxford Bibliography on the Use of Force for the Protection of Human Rights in Africa and the Palgrave Handbook on Sustainable Peace and Security in Africa.

At the end of the engagement, Kuwali returned to Pennsylvania to continue his mission with the Army War College. The sixth African Military Law Forum is due to take place later this year in Botswana, Africa.
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Date taken: 21.04.2022
Date posted: 17.05.2022 09:17
Story ID: 420874
Location: FRANKFURT, KY, USA





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