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Title:AFRICOM and US Africa policy: 'pentagonising' foreign policy or providing a model for joint approaches?
Author:Gänzle, StefanISNI
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:strategic policy
foreign policy
foreign forces
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2011.561020
Abstract:The creation of the Africa Command (AFRICOM) has reflected the growth in the strategic importance of Africa in US foreign policy since the end of the 1990s. One of the objectives of this new geographical military command is to forge closer links between foreign, security and development policies. However, this approach has met with a number of difficulties associated with the challenge of 'inter-agency cooperation' among rather disparate actors from foreign affairs, defence and development. In addition, the establishment of AFRICOM has met with fierce criticism in the US and elsewhere, especially in Africa, culminating in the charge that US foreign and development policies in Africa are being militarized. Although AFRICOM has a number of interesting features, this paper shows that it has reacted to these criticisms by realigning itself more closely with the traditional model of a military command, at the expense of the innovative interagency elements. Notes, ref., sum. (p. VIII). [Journal abstract]