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Title:AFRICOM: a threat or an opportunity for African security?
Author:Jamieson, D.G.ISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:strategic policy
foreign forces
regional security
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10220460903495215
Abstract:The establishment of an African military command by the United States reflects the growing focus of the United States on Africa in the US National Security Strategy, which appears to be continuing under new US President Barack Obama. This article deals with several questions. What is the stated US National Security Strategy pertaining to Africa? What national interests does the United States have in Africa? What is the United States officially saying about its objectives in Africa and what has it actually been doing to date? And what are other opinionmakers saying about US military involvement in Africa? Finally, it looks at the question of US perceptions of possible rivals in Africa and at potential scenarios for conflict before making a series of conclusions about the threats and opportunities posed by AFRICOM for Africa, and recommendations for a response to AFRICOM on the part of policymakers in South Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]