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Title:Demystifying Africa's security
Author:Keenan, JeremyISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:human security
strategic policy
Abstract:The author addresses four points: the way in which the global war on terror (GWOT) has been used by the Bush administration to justify its militarization of Africa; how and why this justification underwent a 'paradigm shift' with the authorization of AFRICOM (Africa Command) in 2006 from the GWOT to the more humanitarian 'security-development' discourse; two fundamental misconceptions of the term 'globalization' (in this context, the author discusses the implosion of capitalism; the exclusion of increasing numbers of the world's population from the capitalist system; and the fact that regional/national 'components' of the world capitalist sytem are far from 'integrated' into one 'globalized' economic financial system and the context and implications of S. McFate's briefing on outsourcing the making of militaries in the same issue of Review of African Political Economy. In this respect, the author expresses his concern that AFRICOM's mission may be outsourced to private military companies, whose propensity towards corruption and disregard of human rights are part of the package. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]