African Security and the African Command

African Security and the African Command : Viewpoints on the US Role in Africa

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After the end of the Cold War and a failed mission in Somalia, the US decided to wash its hands of major military operations in Africa. Within the past few years, however, strategic interests in the region have grown, based largely on the threat of international terrorist group activities there. In 2007, the Bush Administration created a new military presence in Africa, AFRICOM (United States Africa Command), professed to be based not on occupying military or fixed bases, but rather on capacity building for and collaboration with African security forces.

Some see AFRICOM as the answer to an African security system crippled by a lack of resources, widespread politicisation and institutional weakness. Others claim the program is nothing more than a characteristic attempt by the US to secure its own interests in the region without regard to the actual needs of Africans. A variety of viewpoints on the debate, both from the US and Africa, come together in this collection to examine the objectives and activities of AFRICOM. The result provides the reader with a well-rounded picture of longstanding security challenges in Africa and what might be done to address them.
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  • Paperback | 277 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • West Hartford, CT, United States
  • English
  • 1565494121
  • 9781565494121
  • 2,422,369

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"Offers a remarkably thorough, scholarly, topical and captivating analysis of America s military policy and options regarding security issues in Africa. Every imaginable aspect of Africa s political, economic and social context that helps to explain Africa s current security weaknesses is subject to intense scrutiny from a multiplicity of perspectives. In-depth dissection of America s military institutions and agencies involved in African security affairs and the military role played by the U.S. in Africa to date is followed by enlightening critiques of America s current military policies. The book chapters are characterized by thought-provoking, intriguing and creative policy options so that America henceforth plays a constructive role not only in securing political stability but also economic growth in Africa. This study opens a new field of analysis linking American military policy with Africa s development, and is a must read for anyone interested in U.S. foreign policy, African governance, and global security."
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