Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes

U.S. Department of State and interagency officials attend a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes U.S. Department of State and interagency officials attend a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James D. Craig (center), commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), listens as U.S. Army Brig. Gen. William Zana (right), CJTF-HOA deputy commanding general, addresses U.S. diplomats at a meeting during the CJTF-HOA East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Dec. 12. The EASF provides opportunities for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to assess and align efforts, and develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nick Scott) Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James D. Craig (center), commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), listens as U.S. Army Brig. Gen. William Zana (right), CJTF-HOA deputy commanding general, addresses U.S. diplomats at a meeting during the CJTF-HOA East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Dec. 12. The EASF provides opportunities for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to assess and align efforts, and develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nick Scott)
Amb. Larry André, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, addresses U.S. diplomats and joint service personnel during a meeting at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Dec. 12, 2018. The EASF provides opportunities for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to assess and align efforts, and develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nick Scott) Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes Amb. Larry André, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, addresses U.S. diplomats and joint service personnel during a meeting at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Dec. 12, 2018. The EASF provides opportunities for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to assess and align efforts, and develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nick Scott)
Amb. Peter Vrooman, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, listens to a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes Amb. Peter Vrooman, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, listens to a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
Stephen Banks, Deputy Chief of Mission to Eritrea, listens during a meeting at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Dec. 12, 2018. The EASF provides opportunities for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to assess and align efforts, and develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nick Scott) Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes Stephen Banks, Deputy Chief of Mission to Eritrea, listens during a meeting at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Dec. 12, 2018. The EASF provides opportunities for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to assess and align efforts, and develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nick Scott)
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Miguel Castellanos, deputy commanding general - Somalia, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), presents thoughts after a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Miguel Castellanos, deputy commanding general - Somalia, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), presents thoughts after a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James D. Craig, left, commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), listens to a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James D. Craig, left, commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), listens to a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
Amb. Donald Yamamoto, U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, presents a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes Amb. Donald Yamamoto, U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, presents a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
Amb. Deborah Malac, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, listens to a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes Amb. Deborah Malac, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, listens to a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
Amb. Michael Raynor, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, presents thoughts after a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes Amb. Michael Raynor, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, presents thoughts after a briefing titled “Triggers of Regional Instability” during the East Africa Security Forum (EASF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11, 2018. The EASF is an annual opportunity for CJTF-HOA and interagency leaders to sync, assess and align efforts to develop synchronized courses of action that support common goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – U.S. Department of State representatives and interagency guests joined military leaders from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa on the second day of the three-day East Africa Security Forum at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 12.

Diplomats representing 12 East African nations exchanged expertise with CJTF-HOA leadership on the East Africa region ranging from economy, cross-border security, strengthening partnerships and refugee issues. 

“It’s very important for us to get together and compare notes for what’s going on across the region,” said Stephen Banks, Deputy Chief of Mission to Eritrea. “I’m looking forward to hearing from my colleagues about where the region as a whole is going.”

It is important for the Department of Defense and Department of State to work in harmony to cement partnerships in the region, Banks said. 

During EASF, diplomats compared notes face-to-face without the distractions of their everyday duties while addressing issues that most affect their respective nations. 

“Uganda has one of the most open refugee policies in East Africa,” said Amb. Deborah Malac, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda.

Uganda is currently hosting the highest number of refugees in the country’s history. South Sudanese refugees in Uganda have exceeded one million, while new arrivals from the Democratic Republic of Congo continue to increase. 

The EASF is slated to conclude December 13, 2018.

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