|Publicerad i||Contemporary Security Policy|
Centrum för globalisering och utveckling (GCGD)
Institutionen för globala studier
|Ämnesord||Protection of civilians, African security, practice approaches, militarization|
|Ämneskategorier||Empirisk konfliktforskning, Freds- och utvecklingsforskning|
This article explores how the protection of civilians is being militarized by African policymakers and diplomats. I draw on practice approaches to analyze what social groups are doing when they claim to “protect civilians.” I show how innovative protection mechanisms can be seen as a function of officials and diplomats coping with the changing circumstances of increasingly militarized politics in Africa. Specifically, accountability mechanisms for unintended and intended civilian harm by African security operations have originated in connection with this development. I argue that these are results of anchoring practices, which means that everyday informal interactions in one context become linked to another context. I argue that these emerging accountability mechanisms represent a new combination of practices, with the potential of changing the routine activities and mutual learning between policymakers and diplomats.