Obama, Africom, & U.S. Security Policy Toward Africa


Daniel Volman will examine the creation of the new U.S. combatant command for Africa (the U.S.Africa Command, or Africom), its principal missions, and its current operations.


Monday, October 19, 2009
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall (10th floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Daniel Volman will examine the creation of the new U.S. combatant command for Africa (the U.S.Africa Command, or Africom), its principal missions, and its current operations. He will discuss how the Obama administration is continuing, and expanding, the militarization of U.S. policy toward Africa initiated by the Clinton and Bush administrations and the militarization of Africa. In particular, he will discuss the Obama administration's plans to increase funding for Africom operations and for U.S. military activities on the African continent. These activities include arms sales, military training programs, the growing U.S. naval presence in the Gulf of Guinea and off the coast of Somalia, the acquisition of access to African military bases and other facilities for their use by U.S. military forces, and preparations for possible future direct U.S. military intervention in Africa.

Daniel Volman is the Director of the African Security Research Project in Washington, DC, and a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Association of Concerned Africa Scholars. He is a specialist on U.S. security policy toward Africa and U.S. military activities on the continent. He received his Ph.D. degree in African History from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1991. His work has appeared in AllAfrica.Com, Inter Press Service, In These Times, Foreign Policy in Focus, the Journal of Modern African Studies, Third World Quarterly, Current History, and other publications, and he has recently appeared on the BBC, the Voice of America, and al-Jazeera TV.

Special Instructions

This event is open to the public. Pay-by-space and all-day ($10) parking available in lot 3.


Cost : Free

For more information please contact:

James S. Coleman African Studies CenterTel: 310-825-3686

africa@international.ucla.edu


www.international.ucla.edu/africa


Sponsor(s): African Studies Center