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Title:Towards a military doctrine for humanistic intervention in African conflicts
Author:Velthuizen, AndreasISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:armed forces
military intervention
African identity
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18186874.2013.861104
Abstract:This article is presented against the background of the need for African military forces to deal with the complexities that come with leading and participating in multinational military operations in Africa. The research problem is: 'What should the doctrine of military forces in Africa be to enable them to work together as part of the multinational forces while serving African interests?' The aim is to investigate the possibility of a military doctrine that would serve African interests in the context of the reality of a multinational approach to military intervention. The main finding is that the people of Africa have accumulated a wealth of military knowledge over many centuries that is sufficient to develop an endogenous (home grown) military doctrine that can serve the African people. An endogenous military doctrine would be based on the principles of people-centredness; flexibility; collectiveness; affordability and institutionalisation to place African humanistic values and continental policies at the forefront in strategic decision-making and implementation. Taking into consideration the above-mentioned principles some practical measures are recommended. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]