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Title:South Africa and AFRICOM: reflections on a lukewarm relationship
Author:Neethling, Theo
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 1938-0275)
Geographic terms:South Africa
United States
Subjects:foreign policy
foreign forces
international relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2015.1019556
Abstract:The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) was established in 2007 as a military and diplomatic entity and is intended to assist African states and military actors to address their security needs. At the same time, AFRICOM is clearly an extension of US strategic interests on the African continent. The challenge for the US Department of Defense is to project AFRICOM as a cooperative and willing partner. This implies a partner that offers needed services and resources, and supports African security and military priorities with no presumption of having a privileged role in defining the African future. However, one of AFRICOM's main challenges relates to the point that it has not been able to secure a firm partnership with South Africa as a key player on the continent: South Africa has continuously taken a lukewarm, if not cold, approach towards AFRICOM since its formation. The main aim of this article is to examine and discuss South Africa's political-military relations with AFRICOM and to assess the underlying reasons currently inhibiting AFRICOM from achieving a fully productive relationship with the South African government. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]