Nsia-Pepra’s article examines US increased military involvement in Africa
Dr. Kofi Nsia-Pepra, assistant professor of political science, is author of an article published in January-February issue of Military Review, the professional journal of the U.S. Army.
Appearing on pages 50-59, the article is titled, “Militarization of US Foreign Policy in Africa – Strategic Gain or Backlash?,” and critically examines the U.S. increased military involvement in Africa fueled by terrorism, need for energy sources and to counter creeping China’s influence in Africa.
Nsia-Pepra says, “Other nations conceptualized these actions as exploitative and imperialistic aimed to control Africa’s energy resources. The U.S. involvement also raised concerns about challenges to sovereignty, welfare and the survival of the African Union. America’s covert and overt military alliances and joint operations with selected military allies affected spillage, intensity, protractedness and duration of the Congo, Sudan and Darfur conflicts. The U.S. militarization policy has backfired, undermining the attainment of its strategic interests. To elicit Africa’s support in achieving its interests, the United States needs to debunk its neorealist ‘hard power’ policy and adopt liberal ‘soft power’ policies such as assisting Africa in its socio-politic economic development.”