Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies
Defense and Strategic Studies
nationalisml, Africa, conflict resolution, partition, Somalia, Sudan
Defense and Security Studies
The United States has significant interests at stake on the continent of Africa. These interests are threatened by constant instability that plagues the continent. Ethnic wars are largely a result of the artificial borders left from the colonization of Africa. The resulting boundaries formed neither nations nor states. Instead they have created what I designate as Frankenstates, nations forced together and bound by artificial borders which have not yielded competent governance. In order for the United States to build lasting peace in Africa, they must confront the Frankenstate and carefully work through dismantling the states based on international consensus and popular referendum. The cases of Sudan and Somalia demonstrate the history of the Frankenstate and provide lessons on the necessity and conduct of state partition that can be applied to future solutions. The United States has the unique ability and opportunity to work with partner states in Africa to develop lasting solutions to the Frankenstate.
© David Bacon Centofante
Centofante, David Bacon, "Confronting the Frankenstate: Solutions For the Post Colonial State in Africa" (2010). MSU Graduate Theses. 1454.