A resource for teachers, React and Respond: The Phenomenon of Kony 2012, is now available on the ACAS webpage Resources on Uganda, the LRA, and Central Africa. The teachers’ packet is written by Barbara Brown (Boston University Africa Studies Center), John Metzler (Michigan State University Africa Studies Center), Patrick Vinck (Program for Vulnerable Populations at [...]
Keywords: Kony 2012 | LRA | militarization | Uganda
ACAS has created What Can We Do about Uganda and the LRA? for use with high school and college students who are the main audience of the Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign. See our new webpage, Resources on Uganda, the LRA, and Central Africa.
Keywords: LRA | militarization | Uganda
On 1 October 2008, the new Africa Command (AFRICOM) officially became operational as America’s newest combatant command, with its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, to oversee U.S. military activities on the continent. Until the creation of AFRICOM, U.S.-African military relations was conducted through three different commands: the European Command, which had responsibility for most of the continent; the Central Command, which oversaw Egypt and the Horn of Africa region along with the Middle East and Central Asia; and the Pacific Command, which administered military ties with Madagascar and other islands in the Indian Ocean. This reflected the fact that Africa was chiefly viewed as a regional theater in the global Cold War, or as an adjunct to U.S.-European relations, or—as in the immediate post-Cold War period—as a region of little concern to the United States.
From The Geopolitics of Petroleum ACAS Blog Series
Keywords: Africom | Algeria | Bush administration | China | Egypt | Gabon | Horn of Africa | Kenya | Mali | Morocco | Namibia | Pentagon | Sao Tome | Senegal | Tunisia | Uganda | Zambia
For Fiscal Year 2009 (which begins on 1 October 2008), the Bush administration is asking Congress to approve the delivery of some $500 million worth of military equipment and training to Africa (including both sub-Saharan Africa and north Africa) in the budget request for the State Department for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. The administration is also asking for up to $400 million for deliveries of equipment and training for Africa funded through the Defense Department budget and another $400 million to establish the headquarters for the Pentagon’s new Africa Command (Africom).
Keywords: Botswana | Burundi | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Ethiopia | Ghana | Guinea Bissau | Kenya | Liberia | Libya | Nigeria | Rwanda | Senegal | South Africa | Tanzania | Uganda
On 6 February 2007, President Bush announced that the United States would create a new military command for Africa, to be known as Africa Command or Africom. Throughout the Cold War and for more than a decade afterwards, the U.S. did not have a military command for Africa; instead, U.S. military activities on the African continent were conducted by three separate military commands: the European Command, which had responsibility for most of the continent; the Central Command, which oversaw Egypt and the Horn of Africa region along with the Middle East and Central Asia; and the Pacific Command, which administered military ties with Madagascar and other islands in the Indian Ocean.
Keywords: Algeria | Benin | Botswana | Burkina Faso | Chad | Djibouti | Egypt | Gabon | Ghana | Kenya | Liberia | Libya | Malawi | Mali | Mauritania | Morocco | Mozambique | Namibia | Niger | Nigeria | Rwanda | Senegal | South Africa | Tanzania | Tunisia | Uganda | Zambia
Now that President George Bush’s special envoy to the Kenyan crisis, Jendayi Fraser (US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs) has admitted that the elections in Kenya were seriously flawed (a polite way of saying they are fraudulent) and ordered President Mwai Kibaki to meet the opposition leader, Raile Odinga, it is easy to forget that the United States Ambassador in Kenya only weeks ago declared the elections free and fair.
Keywords: Gabon | Kenya | Mali | Morocco | Namibia | Sao Tome | Senegal | Tunisia | Uganda | Zambia
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars January 31, 2001 [Note: Within a week after this letter, Dr. Depelchin was released and ended his hunger strike after UN observors were dispatched to Ituri province. Dr. Depelchin shortly thereafter left Uganda. We thank ACAS members and others for their work on this and related, continuing, issues.] 31 January [...]