AFRICOM: Militarizing Peace

Adam Branch

in Displacing Human Rights

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782086
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919130 | DOI:
AFRICOM: Militarizing Peace

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Chapter 7 considers the most recent form of self-proclaimed human rights intervention in Uganda: US military intervention via its new military command for Africa, AFRICOM. AFRICOM is unprecedented in terms of its embrace of the discourse of participation, peacebuilding, and empowerment, not only in its proponents’ rhetoric, but also to some extent in its activities. Subsequently, AFRICOM’s program for Africa represents an adoption of the total intervention agenda: just as total intervention incorporated expansive and intensive social interventions, state capacity-building, and, as a last resort, direct military action, that same framework characterizes AFRICOM’s activities. The chapter details the danger AFRICOM poses to peace and democracy in Africa, with special attention to US military involvement in Uganda.

Keywords: AFRICOM; militarization; capacity building; statebuilding; military intervention; peace; United States

Chapter.  11560 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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