Some thoughts on the US militarized response to the ebola crisis

Last week I published a follow-up to my May article on militarized humanitarianism in Africa. Since its original publication in Foreign Policy in Focus, the piece has been republished in The Nation, AllAfrica, TruthOut, AntiWar.com, Common Dreams and InterPress Service News Agency. Six months into West Africa’s Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heading … Continue reading Some thoughts on the US militarized response to the ebola crisis

Planting the Seeds of Future Occupation: Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa

Last week Foreign Policy in Focus, an offshoot of the Institute for Policy Studies, published my article on US militarism and aid in Africa. In it, I argue not that aid and security aren't important, but rather that we should be wary of the ways in which the US is building up its presence in … Continue reading Planting the Seeds of Future Occupation: Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa

Embedded with AFRICOM/ Dans la base militaire de l’Africom

Embedded with AFRICOM [AFRICOM recently hosted a media delegation from Mauritania and Algeria. The following article, which appeared originally in Liberte on December 15, 2013, is from one of the Algerian participants who provides a critical, and at times humorous, insight of their trip, AFRICOM personnel, and AFRICOM's ultimate goals.] Jabari Lewis is an 11 … Continue reading Embedded with AFRICOM/ Dans la base militaire de l’Africom

AFRICOM and Booz Allen at the 56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association

I'll be presenting at the African Studies Association 56th Annual meeting in Baltimore in November, and in excited preparation I was going through the program tonight, circling the panels I wanted to attend. I was quite surprised to see the following group of presenters: AFRICOM, who has been the focus of many of my blog … Continue reading AFRICOM and Booz Allen at the 56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association

Monday Morning Roundup: Obama in Africa (reflections, criticisms, and more)

Some great commentary coming from around the world on Obama's trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania: Obama Finally Scrambles Over Africa by Solomon Dersso #ChangeCourseObama by Jumoke Balogun (of CompareAfrique) A Cooler Welcome by the Economist  Obama's Trip Needs a New Policy Overhaul by Carina Ray ----------------------------------- Yesterday, in a talk at the University of … Continue reading Monday Morning Roundup: Obama in Africa (reflections, criticisms, and more)

And so it begins: the Obamas in Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania

President Obama’s trip to Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa is an ongoing PR campaign to boost American interests in the continent. Specifically, the Obama’s weeklong soiree will touch three countries that are significant in AFRICOM’s quest for influence and clout. AFRICOM has long searched for a permanent home in the continent, but has yet to … Continue reading And so it begins: the Obamas in Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania

Friday Roundup: AFRICOM, France, and Load-shedding

Stories of interest from today: Niger: New Drone Base Highlights a Shift in US-West African Relations (ISN) Libya becomes 'the new Mali' as Islamists shift in Sahara (Reuters) If Mali is the "new" Afghanistan then does that make Libya the new Afghanistan? @1d4tw Classic narrative. Come in, destroy, get what you want, leave, shrug at … Continue reading Friday Roundup: AFRICOM, France, and Load-shedding