Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

US Military Counterterrorism in Africa

Monday, October 22, 2018

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

Convened by the Watson Institute's Costs of War Project, this panel will address the scale, economics, and on-the-ground consequences of US military counterterror activity in Africa. This is an often hidden element of the post-9/11 US-led wars, and a topic about which the US public is largely unaware. The event will launch the Cost of War Project's Africa Initiative, which aims to foster greater public acknowledgement and discussion of US militarism in Africa as part of the costs and consequences of this country's counterterror wars.

Speakers include Catherine Besteman, professor of anthropology at Colby College, on the long-term consequences of US militarism for Somalians; Adam Moore, assistant professor of geography at UCLA, on US military contractor activities in Africa; and Nick Turse, investigative journalist and expert on the scale and substance of US military activity in Africa.

Africa Initiative