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Global Peace Operations Initiative: Background and Issues for Congress
Nina M. Serafino (au)
In its May 2009 budget request for FY2010, the Obama Admin. has requested $96.8 million for the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). GPOI was established in mid-2004 as a 5-year program with intended annual funding to total $660 million from FY2005 throughFY2009. (Actual funds allocated to the GPOI program from FY2005 through FY2009 totaled, as of April 2009, some $480.4 million.) The centerpiece of the Bush Admin.’s efforts to prepare foreign security forces to participate in international peacekeeping operations, GPOI’sprimary purpose has been to train and equip 75,000 military troops, a majority of them African, for peacekeeping operations by 2010. In Oct. 2008, the Nat. Security Council’s Deputies Comm. approved a 5-year renewal of GPOI’s mandate. Congressional approval of the FY2010 budget request would provide funding for the first year of this extension. Contnets of this report: (I) Introduction: Purposes and Goal; Achievements to Date; Funding to Date; (II) Background; (III) GPOI Purposes and Activities: GPOI Goals and Needs; Demand for Peacekeepers; Need for Gendarme/Constabulary Forces; U.S. Peacekeeping Training and Assistance, Pre-GPOI, in Sub-Saharan Africa; The Transition to GPOI Training and Assistance in Sub-Saharan Africa; Development of a “Beyond Africa” Program; Western Hemisphere; Asia/South Asia/Pacific Islands; Greater Europe (Europe and Eurasia); Middle East; Foreign Contributions to Peacekeeping Capacity Building; Italian Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU); (IV) Admin. Funding Requests and Congressional Action: FY2005-FY2009 GPOI Funding; FY2010 Funding Request; Congressional Action in the 111th Congress; Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 2010 and 2011 (Section 1108, H.R. 2410); Issues for the 111th Congress. Tables.`
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