The formation of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has been met with both praise and skepticism. The praise has been centered on the logic of establishing this new unified command to dealwith the opportunities and pitfalls for American foreign policy that the African continent will present in the coming years. Conversely, the command's establishment has been seen by many African countries as an attempt at hegemony and a harbinger of a neocolonial push into the region.
Accordingly, AFRICOM has not only found itself unwelcome as a concept to many African nations, but just as unwelcome in the literal sense: efforts to find a suitable AFRICOM headquarters within the theater's boundaries have been unsuccessful. Even longtime allies on the continent fall silent when faced with the prospect of hosting AFRICOM's headquarters, and the command, still in its formative or "standing up" stage, remains nestled near the European Command's headquarters in Germany.