U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) this week in introducing legislation to improve the coordination of U.S. government efforts to reduce violence and instability in fragile countries. According to a press release, fragile states can often become threats to U.S. national security because their governments are seen as ineffective or illegitimate by their citizens. The risk of terrorism, violent conflict, criminal activity, and corruption are high in fragile states. Violent conflict also drives global displacement, with 68,500,000 people forcibly displaced around the world. S.3368, the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act, responds to these challenges by requiring the Secretary of State and Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, to collaborate on a 10-year initiative to reduce violence and fragility in at least six priority countries.
August 24th, 2018|Local News|