The concerns about the AFRICOM have been raised since the first months of its existence.
The threat is real. Here is why.
AFRICOM is a military regiment that once on the territory is highly willing to spread its influence and is an ultimate lever that the US can and are using to shift the balance of power towards creating destabilization and division within the African states. Not only it undermines the sovereignty of the country, its own autonomy to make the relevant decisions but also it collectively leaves a negative impact on the regional level and its decision-making processes. The unrest it provokes is closely tied to the military presence of by far a leading country in the world which trace is very visible and largely very intense.
Another leverage the US gets is by having the military at hand who are capable of going on the offensive at any time convenient, AFRICOM is an easy tool to overthrow regimes, plot coup d’états and launch any attacks on the uncooperative governments. It also means that the arms trade has become the most obvious AFRICOM does – providing the weaponry doesn’t seem to be the only thing, the arms are badly needed by certain governments to back up the tyrannical regimes of some governments, thus grabbing the power has never been easier.
AFRICOM claims to ensure security and stability in the region seem to be quite far-fetched as the US has always been moved by its own interest and would never launch such operations without its own very high stake which is the following – making sure the oil supply from the continent is stable, the access to the resources is never-ending, China is kept at bay with its growing influence and engagement in the political affairs, plus fighting the terrorist groups in weak states that is bringing the US the hero and savior titles. As it was rightly mentioned by Laurie Nathan, the US has the means and disposition to pursue its interests at the expense of African interests.
Ultimately, AFRICOM makes every attempt to launch its own decision-making agenda and disregard the already existing structures such as the African Union, for it to look weak and incapable. All of the mentioned above is being ruled by the notion of democracy and good will which makes it even more detrimental to the true democracy and disastrous for the whole African continent.