On Monday, November 30, the National Lawyers Guild International Committee and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers hosted a webinar on AFRICOM and U.S. militarism in Africa, featuring Prof. Horace Campbell and moderated by NLG IC Steering Committee member Kerry McLean. The webinar includes a detailed historical, political and legal analysis of the role of AFRICOM and the necessity of challenging it.

The United States Africa Command, or AFRICOM, was established in 2007. The United States government claimed that part of AFRICOM’s mission was to promote peace and security in Africa. Yet in the years since its inception AFRICOM has launched military strikes in African countries, and has faced accusations that some of its activities have amounted to war crimes. Join us for a discussion exploring the scope and reach of AFRICOM , and the struggle to get US military forces out of Africa.

Professor Horace G. Campbell is an internationally-known peace and justice activist. He holds a joint Professorship in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University.

Professor Campbell has taught on four continents. For example he taught at the University of Dar es Salaam from 1981-1987 and more recently was the Distinguished Kwame Nkrumah Chair at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana.

Professor Campbell’s most recent book is “Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya: Lessons for Africa in the Forging of African Unity.” His most well-known book, Rasta and Resistance: from Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney is going through its eighth printing, and has been translated into French, Spanish, Turkish and Italian. He is also the author of Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation. Professor Campbell is completing a book on US Militarism and African Independence.

He has authored over 100 journal articles and a dozen monographs, including a recent publication entitled “The Quagmire of US Militarism in Africa.”

Kerry McLean is an international human rights lawyer who has lived and worked in East, West, Central and southern Africa. She chairs the NLG Africa Subcommittee and is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Committee.




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