Global Fragilities Act; another Monroe Doctrine

Published on 6 October 2023 at 10:54

The Global Fragility Act (GFA) is a piece of legislation aimed at improving the capacity of the U.S. government to identify and address the root causes of violent conflict in countries around the world. The act seeks to streamline efforts, ensure coordination among various U.S. agencies, and prioritize preventive measures over reactive ones. In some ways this can be seen as a mechanism of US imperialism continued. In that way it is  similar to the Monroe doctrine, yet this has more global application versus hemispheric. Using wording  steeped in  modernity's classic tropes of paternal benevolence, development and peace it allows for the defence  of the US agenda in unstable countries. 

The Monroe Doctrine, established in 1823, was a U.S. foreign policy statement that warned European powers against further colonization or interference in the Americas. It asserted that any such intervention would be viewed as a hostile act against the U.S. In this model,   the US is insuring that instability within countries justifies direct engagement, even if  the "instability", is actually an domestic effort to gain sovereignty from  US imperialism.

Hati is a great example  of how the GFA is used to advance the US agenda in the name of quelling instability. This is explored in more depth in the article attached.   Click on the image below to read. 

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