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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

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Roberto Sirvent

Reader 2

Pierre Englebert

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This essay analyzes the United States of America’s military presence on the African continent through the US Africa Command or AFRICOM. I hope to contextualize the creation of AFRICOM by outlining the events and reasonings for establishing the military command center. Moreover, I analyze the discourses of humanitarianism and securitization on the African continent and the producers and distributors of such ideological discourses in academia, media, government and private corporations. While situating these discourses within a larger framework of colonial and imperial ventures, I plan on investigating how such ideological narratives work to legitimize and preempt military operations and presence in Africa. Finally, using Libya as a reference and case study of when claims of humanitarianism and securitization intersect and result in military action, causalities, regime change, and a worsened state of affairs for the invaded country.