Past eventResearch Event

The United States Africa Command: Protecting US Interests and Supporting African Capacity

16 November 2012 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Chatham House, London


General Carter F Ham, Commander, United States Africa Command
Chair: Alex Vines, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) is the most recently established of the nine Combat Commands that together coordinate US military activity around the world. Since it was activated in 2007, AFRICOM has gone through several evolutions as it has sought to adapt to Africa's unique policy and defence demands. In doing so it has generated significant criticism, sometimes based on poor communication and inaccurate or partial information about the Command's purpose and activities.

AFRICOM's Commander, General Carter F Ham, will explain AFRICOM's structure, mission, programmes and activities, and in particular how these are designed to work with the efforts of African states.