Date of Award


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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

First Advisor

Karen A. Feste, Ph.D.


United States Africa Command, AFRICOM, Tanzania


The expansion of U.S. military engagement in Africa is based on American national security interests. The objective of this research was to add to existing evaluations of the U.S. Combatant Command for Africa (AFRICOM) by taking an in-depth look at its impact through a case study of Tanzania and sought to answer three questions: What is the impact of AFRICOM on executing U.S. national security policy in Tanzania? To what extent has AFRICOM addressed the conditions of human insecurity in Tanzania? What is the public perception about AFRICOM among the Tanzanian public? To answer these questions this assessment utilized secondary source materials, content analysis of Tanzanian newspapers and an online discussion forum, and interviews with U.S. officials.

This analysis found that AFRICOM is more of a traditional combatant command than the whole of government command articulated at its inception, and primarily emphasizes military-to-military partner capacity building. The evidence shows that AFRICOM has a positive impact on U.S. national security policy in Tanzania, but fails to address human security matters, and the Tanzanian public has a largely negative view of the U.S. military organization. These findings suggest a closer look at policy implications for American relations with other states in the region.

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Mikenna Maroney

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118 p.

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International relations, African studies