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Displacing Human RightsWar and Intervention in Northern Uganda$
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Adam Branch

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199782086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782086.001.0001

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AFRICOM: Militarizing Peace

AFRICOM: Militarizing Peace

(p.216) 7 AFRICOM: Militarizing Peace
Displacing Human Rights

Adam Branch

Oxford University Press

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

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