Geographies of war-making in East Africa
- April 16, 2021
- Samar Al-Bulushi, anthropology, Africa Is A Country, April 16, 2021
Samar Al-Bulushi, anthropology assistant professor, writes: "As the Biden administration seeks to restore the image of the United States abroad, it is possible that the US Military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) will gradually assume a backseat role in counterterror operations in Somalia. Officially, at least, US troops have been withdrawn and repositioned in Kenya and Djibouti, while African troops remain on the ground in Somalia. Relying more heavily on its partners in the region would enable the US to offset the public scrutiny and liability that comes with its own direct involvement. But if our focus is exclusively on the US, then we succumb to its tactics of invisibility and invincibility, and we fail to reckon with the reality that the East African warscape is a terrain shaped by interconnected modes of power. The necessary struggle to abolish AFRICOM requires that we recognize its entanglement in and reliance upon other war-making assemblages, and that we distribute our activism accordingly. Recounting that resistance itself has long been framed as “terrorism,” we would do well to learn from those across the continent who, in various ways over the years, have pushed back, often at a heavy price."
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