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Spotlight on AFRICA . . .

FEATURED BOOKS

US Policy Toward Africa: Eight Decades of Realpolitik

US Policy Toward Africa: Eight Decades of Realpolitik

Herman J. Cohen

Herman Cohen draws on both the documentary record and his years of on-the-ground experience to provide a uniquely comprehensive survey and interpretation of nearly eight decades of US policy toward Africa. Tracing how this policy has evolved across successive administrations since 1942 (beginning with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's third term in office), Cohen illuminates the debates    More >

A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars

A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars

Alan Doss

Alan Doss offers a rare window into the real world of UN peacekeeping missions in Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Doss's story is one of presidents and prelates, warlords and warriors, heroes and villains, achievements and disappointments—and innocent people caught in the midst of deadly violence. As he shares his front-line    More >

   Inside African Politics, 2nd edition

Inside African Politics, 2nd edition

Kevin C. Dunn and Pierre Englebert

The second edition of Inside African Politics, updated throughout to reflect political developments across the continent, not only provides thorough coverage of the full range of core topics, but also furthers an awareness and understanding of key theoretical issues and current debates. Drawing on their extensive teaching and fieldwork experience, Pierre Englebert and Kevin Dunn    More >

Wangari Maathai: Voices of Liberation

Wangari Maathai: Voices of Liberation

Grace A. Musila

Wangari Maathai (1940-2011), founder of the Green Belt Movement and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, was a tireless social, environmental, and political activist, as well as an accomplished scholar. A champion of democracy and human rights, she worked tenaciously to dismantle the forces that limit people's access to a dignified life across the Global South and    More >

The Puzzle of Ethiopian Politics

The Puzzle of Ethiopian Politics

Terrence Lyons

How did a group with its origins in a small Marxist-Leninist insurgency in northern Ethiopia transform itself into a party (the EPRDF) with eight million members and a hierarchy that links even the smallest Ethiopian village to the center? How do the legacies of protracted civil war and rebel victory over the brutal Derg regime continue to shape contemporary Ethiopian politics? And can the EPRDF,    More >

Africa’s Totalitarian Temptation: The Evolution of Autocratic Regimes

Africa’s Totalitarian Temptation: The Evolution of Autocratic Regimes

Dave Peterson

Disappointment with the ability of democracy to deliver economic rewards in much of Africa—and with the persistence of instability, corruption, and poor governance in democratic regimes—has undermined democracy's appeal for many on the continent. At the same time, many external actors are expressing sympathy for regimes that have demonstrated an ability to impose stability and    More >

 

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