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Women, Work, and Economic Reform in the Middle East and North Africa

Valentine M. Moghadam

Globalization and changing political economies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are affecting women's labor-force participation, educational attainment,  and access to economic resources. But are these changes in fact resulting in economic gains for women? And will this produce an intensification or a subversion of the patriarchal gender contract that has thus far characterized    More >

UN Peacekeeping in Africa: From the Suez Crisis to the Sudan Conflicts

Adekeye Adebajo

Nearly half of all UN peacekeeping missions in the post–Cold War era have been in Africa, and the continent currently hosts the greatest number (and also the largest) of such missions in the world. Uniquely assessing five decades of UN peacekeeping in Africa, Adekeye Adebajo focuses on a series of questions: What accounts for the resurgence of UN peacekeeping efforts in Africa after the Cold    More >

UN Peacekeeping in Africa: From the Suez Crisis to the Sudan Conflicts

West Africa's Security Challenges: Building Peace in a Troubled Region

Adekeye Adebajo and Ismail Rashid, editors

Among the world's most unstable regions, West Africa in the last decade has experienced a web of conflicts with profound and wide-ranging effects. West Africa's Security Challenges is the first comprehensive assessment of the resulting mix of setbacks and progress. The authors provide a context for understanding the region's security dilemmas, highlighting the link between failures of    More >

West Africa's Security Challenges: Building Peace in a Troubled Region

Liberia's Civil War: Nigeria, ECOMOG, and Regional Security in West Africa

Adekeye Adebajo

Liberia's Civil War offers the most in-depth account available of one of the most baffling and intractable of Africa's conflicts. Adekeye Adebajo unravels the tangled web of the conflict by addressing four questions:  Why did Nigeria intervene in Liberia and remain committed throughout the seven-year civil war? To what extend was ECOMOG's intervention shaped by Nigeria's    More >

Liberia's Civil War: Nigeria, ECOMOG, and Regional Security in West Africa

Bab el-Oued [a novel]

Merzak Allouache, translated by Angela M. Brewer

Bored housewives, kept in seclusion, smuggling in Harlequin romances. Modish young men transformed into Islamic militants. A baker unwittingly caught in a web of intrigue, an imam whose faith is tested by urban corruption, a lonely divorcee accused of prostitution—all take part in Merzak Allouache's novel of a society on the brink of crisis. Allouache tells the story of the people of    More >

Bab el-Oued [a novel]

Economic Cooperation in Africa: In Search of Direction

Ahmad A.H.M. Aly

Regionalism, Ahmad Aly argues persuasively, is the most appropriate strategy for the achievement of autonomous, self-sustained development in Africa. Aly traces the causes of the failures thus far of attempts at economic cooperation on the continent, citing in particular the adoption of inappropriate integration schemes, the multiplicity of overlapping arrangements, the dominance of politics,    More >

Caught in the Storm [a novel]

Seydou Badian, translated by Marie-Thérèse Noiset

A gentle novel about the enduring conflict between young and old, new and traditional, foreign and native. Badian tells the story of a village family in an African country under French rule. The family's father and the eldest son revere the customs of their ancestors, while the younger children are strongly attracted by European ways and ideas. The daughter, Kany, has fallen in love with her    More >

Caught in the Storm [a novel]

The Novels of Alex La Guma: The Representation of a Political Conflict

Kathleen Balutansky

In this fresh look at the troubled, passionate work of an important South African writer and social critic, Balutansky explores Alex La Guma’s five novels in all their dimensions. Balutansky notes La Guma’s belief that, in order to lead a fulfilling existence, an individual must go beyond introspection and adopt a life that is organized around unity, caring, and sharing. She is    More >

From Cape to Congo: Southern Africa's Evolving Security Challenges

Mwesiga Baregu and Christopher Landsberg, editors

From the ongoing war in Angola, to sporadic instability in Zimbabwe and Lesotho, to the conflict in Congo, to issues of land reform and the ravages of AIDS, southern Africa faces varied and complex threats to its peace and security. The authors of From Cape to Congo assess the region's major security challenges, as well as the roles of local, regional, and external actors in managing them.    More >

From Cape to Congo: Southern Africa's Evolving Security Challenges

Legislative Power in Emerging African Democracies

Joel D. Barkan, editor

A puzzle underpins this groundbreaking study of legislative development in Africa: Why are variations in the extent of legislative authority and performance across the continent only partially related, if at all, to the overall level of democratization? And if democratization is not the prime determinant of legislative authority, what is? Exploring the constraints that have retarded the    More >

Legislative Power in Emerging African Democracies

Child Labor in Sub-Saharan Africa

Loretta E. Bass

Although both media and scholarly attention to the use of child labor has focused on Asia and Latin America, the highest incidence of the practice is found in Africa, where one in three children works. Loretta Bass presents a comprehensive, systematic study of child labor in sub-Saharan Africa. Bass offers a window on the lives of Africa's children workers, a view informed by her analysis of    More >

Child Labor in Sub-Saharan Africa

Great Ideas for Teaching About Africa

Misty L. Bastian and Jane L. Parpart, editors

Choice Outstanding Academic Book! This award-winning book presents a wealth of ideas for teaching African studies in a variety of disciplines. The authors present a wide range of approaches: from preparing African cuisines as a way to understand people-environment relations, to using the Internet to develop a virtual art history exhibit; from viewing an African film or assigning a novel to    More >

Great Ideas for Teaching About Africa

Women in African Parliaments

Gretchen Bauer and Hannah E. Britton, editors

Working together across religious, ethnic, and class divisions, African women are helping to formulate legislation and foster democracies more inclusive of womens' interests. Women in African Parliaments explores this phenomenon, examining the impact and experiences of African women as they seek increased representation in national legislatures. The authors' carefully constructed case    More >

Women in African Parliaments

Politics in Southern Africa: Transition and Transformation, 2nd Edition

Gretchen Bauer and Scott D. Taylor

The developments of the past seven years are reflected throughout this thoroughly revised edition of Politics in Southern Africa. Bauer and Taylor systematically examine politics and society in the region. After introducing the themes that guide their analysis, in each of eight country studies they trace the country’s historical origins and then analyze state institutions, political    More >

Politics in Southern Africa: Transition and Transformation, 2nd Edition

East Africa and the Horn: Confronting Challenges to Good Governance

Dorina A. Bekoe, editor

Both the obstacles to governance and the opportunities for democratization confronted in East Africa—with its geostrategic importance, porous borders, governments heavily dependent on foreign aid, and some of Africa's longest running conflicts—provide valuable insights into how good governance policies can be implemented effectively throughout the developing world. East Africa and    More >

East Africa and the Horn: Confronting Challenges to Good Governance

Shattered Vision [a novel]

Rabah Belamri, translated by Hugh A. Harter

The violence of war leads to the euphoria of Algeria's newly won independence from France—and then quickly deteriorates into a harsh and cynical reality in this brutal yet lyrical autobiographical novel. Shattered Vision (first published in France as Le regard blesse) was awarded the Prix France Culture in 1987.    More >

Shattered Vision [a novel]

Women and Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Power, Opportunities, and Constraints

Marianne Bloch, Josephine A. Beoku-Betts, and B. Robert Tabachnick, editors

This volume focuses on gender and education in sub-Saharan Africa, considering in particular the impact formal and nonformal education have had on African women. A variety of country studies illustrate current theoretical debates in three key areas: postcolonial influences on the forms of education that are privileged; human-capital, socialist-feminist, and post-modern perspectives on the    More >

African Guerrillas: Raging Against the Machine

Morten Bøås and Kevin C. Dunn, editors

At the center of many of Africa's violent conflicts are movements that do not seem to fit any established theories of armed resistance. African Guerrillas offers new models for understanding these movements, eschewing one-dimensional explanations. The authors build on—and in some cases debate—insights provided in Christopher Clapham's groundbreaking work. They find a new    More >

African Guerrillas: Raging Against the Machine

Africa’s Insurgents: Navigating an Evolving Landscape

Morten Bøås and Kevin C. Dunn, editors

Amid an array of shifting national, regional, and global forces, how have African insurgents managed to adapt and survive? And what differences and similarities can be found, both among the continent's diverse rebellions and guerrilla movements and between them and movements elsewhere in the world? Addressing these issues, the authors of Africa's Insurgents explore how new groups are    More >

Africa’s Insurgents: Navigating an Evolving Landscape

Women in Muslim Societies: Diversity Within Unity

Herbert L. Bodman and Nayereh Tohidi, editors

Study after study of women in the Muslim world has focused primarily on Middle Eastern societies, usually emphasizing the sexual ideology of a reified Islam. This book rounds out that view, exploring the status, roles, and contributions of Muslim women not only in the Middle East, but also in Africa and Asia, including post-Soviet Central Asia. The authors, many of them from the countries they    More >

Power Politics in Zimbabwe

Michael Bratton

Choice Outstanding Academic Book! Zimbabwe's July 2013 election brought the country's "inclusive" power-sharing interlude to an end and installed Mugabe and ZANU-PF for yet another—its seventh—term. Why? What explains the resilience of authoritarian rule in Zimbabwe? Tracing the country's elusive search for political stability across the decades, Michael    More >

Power Politics in Zimbabwe

Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa

Michael Bratton, editor

How do individual Africans view competitive elections? How do they behave at election time? What are the implications of new forms of popular participation for citizenship and democracy? Drawing on a decade of research from the cross-national Afrobarometer project, the authors of this seminal collection explore the emerging role of mass politics in Africa's fledgling democracies.    More >

Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa

Electoral Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: Causes and Consequences

Stephanie M. Burchard

After decades of experimentation with various forms of dictatorship and autocracy, most sub-Saharan African countries adopted multiparty elections in the 1990s—a development widely celebrated as a sign that the region was moving toward democracy. This embrace of elections, however, has often been accompanied by unanticipated violence, raising important questions: Are violent elections a    More >

Electoral Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: Causes and Consequences

On the Shoulder of Marti

Donald Burness

This collection of fiction and poetry, written by members of the military forces sent by Castro to help defeat the South Africa-backed regime in Angola, reflects the realities of painful years in Africa. The material is laced together by Burness’ narrative of past and present wars and rebellions.    More >

Fire: Six Writers from Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde

Donald Burness

Because of, and at times in spite of, the distinct quality of Portuguese colonial policy, an original and vibrant lusophone literature exists today in Africa. Burness introduces the too-little- known work of Angola’s Luandino Viera, Agostinho Neto, Geraldo Bessa Victor, and Mario Antonio, Cape Verde’s Baltasar Lopes, and Mozambique’s Luis Bernardo Honwana.    More >

African Security and the African Command: Viewpoints on the US Role in Africa

Terry Buss, Joseph Adjaye, Donald Goldstein, and Louis Picard, editors

In 2007, the Bush administration created a new military presence in Africa—AFRICOM (US Africa Command)—which has been vigorously debated ever since. Some see AFRICOM as the answer to an African security system crippled by a lack of resources, widespread politicization, and institutional weakness. Others claim that the program is nothing more than another attempt by the US to secure its    More >

African Security and the African Command: Viewpoints on the US Role in Africa

Tapping Philanthropy for Development: Lessons Learned from a Public-Private Partnership in Rural Uganda

Lorna Michael Butler and Della E. McMillan, editors

In telling the story of an innovative program based at Iowa State University (ISU), Lorna Michael Butler, Della McMillan, and their colleagues offer practical, step-by-step advice critical for any organization seeking to fund and manage multifaceted, public-private partnerships for development. The story begins when the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at ISU received large gifts from    More >

Tapping Philanthropy for Development: Lessons Learned from a Public-Private Partnership in Rural Uganda

Africa's Emerging Maize Revolution

Derek Byerlee and Carl K. Eicher, editors

Although relatively new to Africa, maize has recently replaced cassava as the continent's most important food crop, and increased maize production has the potential of helping to reverse Africa's food crisis. This book presents the results of extensive field research on the maize economy in six African countries, as well as broader-based studies of maize research and extension (R&E),    More >

The Heritage of Islam: Women, Religion, and Politics in West Africa

Barbara Callaway and Lucy Creevey

Callaway and Creevey explore the impact of Islam on the lives of West African women, particularly (but not exclusively) in Nigeria and Senegal. Focusing on whether Islam acts as a barrier to women in the process of social change and development, they address a series of important questions: Is the pattern of training and education different for Muslim and non-Muslim girls? Comparatively, what is    More >

No-Party Democracy? Ugandan Politics in Comparative Perspective

Giovanni Carbone

Are political parties an essential element of democracy? Or can a no-party system constitute a viable democratic alternative? Giovanni Carbone examines the politics of Museveni’s Uganda to illustrate the achievements, contradictions, and limitations of participatory politics in the absence of partisan organizations. At a time when multiparty reforms were sweeping the globe, Uganda opted    More >

No-Party Democracy? Ugandan Politics in Comparative Perspective

Globalization in Africa: Recolonization or Renaissance?

Pádraig Carmody

Is globalization good for Africa? Pádraig Carmody explores the evolving nature and impact of globalization throughout the continent, as China, the US, and other economic powers exert their influence. Drawing especially on the cases of Chad, Sudan, and Zambia, Carmody considers whether the resource curse that has for so long plagued Africa can become a blessing. He also evaluates the    More >

Globalization in Africa: Recolonization or Renaissance?

Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa, 3rd Edition

Naomi Chazan, Peter Lewis, Robert A. Mortimer, Donald Rothchild, and Stephen John Stedman

Recognized as the textbook on African politics, as well as an excellent resource for scholars, Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa analyzes the complexities and diversities of the African continent since independence. The authors provide a basic knowledge of political events; political structures, processes, problems, and trends; political economy; and international relations. Clearly    More >

The Failure of Democracy in the Republic of Congo

John F. Clark

Why did the democratic experiment launched in the Republic of Congo in 1991 fail so dramatically in 1997? Why has it not been seriously resumed since then? In tackling these complex questions, John Clark provides a thorough analysis of more than fifteen years of Congolese politics. Clark explores a series of logical hypotheses regarding why democracy failed to take root in Congo, moving from    More >

The Failure of Democracy in the Republic of Congo

Mau Mau Memoirs: History, Memory, Politics

Marshall S. Clough

The still contentious issues of the Mau Mau revolt are thrown into stark relief by the Mau Mau Memoirs, personal accounts by Kenyans of the events of that violent period. Marshall Clough deftly analyzes these memoirs, making a strong case for not only their historical value, but also their role in the struggle to define Mau Mau within Kenyan historiography and politics. Systematically studying    More >

African Actors in International Security: Shaping Contemporary Norms

Katharina P. Coleman and Thomas K. Tieku, editors

What impact have African actors had on perceptions of and responses to current international security challenges? Are there international peace and security norms with African roots? How can actors that lack the power and financial resources of Western states help to shape prevailing conceptions of appropriate behavior in international politics? Addressing these questions, the authors of    More >

African Actors in International Security: Shaping Contemporary Norms

The City Where No One Dies [a novel]

Bernard Dadie, translated by Janis A. Mayes

In this witty and ironic reversal of the typical colonial travelogue, Dadié recounts the journey of a bemused African traveler who settles in Rome, continuing his inquiries into the fundamental nature of humankind. Part conqueror, part pilgrim, part worshipper, and part critic, the protagonist compares Roman and African customs, traditions, history, and above all,    More >

The City Where No One Dies [a novel]

Voices From Mutira: Change in the Lives of Rural Gikuyu Women, 1910-1995, 2nd Edition

Jean Davison

To update this rich, informative collection of life histories, Davison returned to Mutira in 1989, 1992, and 1994, documenting the changes occurring since her 1984 study. Six of the seven life histories in the first edition have been expanded to reflect the events of the last decade. Two new introductory chapters frame the life histories within the context both of the significant macrolevel    More >

Voices From Mutira:  Change in the Lives of Rural Gikuyu Women, 1910-1995, 2nd Edition

Transition Without End: Nigerian Politics and Civil Society Under Babangida

Larry Diamond, Anthony Kirk-Greene, and Oyeleye Oyediran, editors

Since 1986, Nigeria has been struggling without success to return to a civilian, democratic form of government: as political parties, presidential candidates, economic reform programs, and top military officers have come and gone, the country has become mired in an authoritarian limbo, a transition without end. This wide-ranging study examines the rise and fall of democratic transition and    More >

Decentralization in Africa: The Paradox of State Strength

J. Tyler Dickovick and James S. Wunsch, editors

In recent decades, laws passed by African governments to transfer power and resources to local and other subnational governments (SNGs) have been greeted by many in the policy community with enthusiasm. But how far has decentralization really gone in Africa? How well does it work? And what have been its consequences? The authors of Decentralization in Africa work within a common conceptual    More >

Decentralization in Africa: The Paradox of State Strength

One-Party Dominance in African Democracies

Renske Doorenspleet and Lia Nijzink, editors

Is the dominance of one political party a problem in an emerging democracy, or simply an expression of the will of the people? Why has one-party dominance endured in some African democracies and not in others? What are the mechanisms behind the varying party-system trajectories? Considering these questions, the authors of this collaborative work use a rigorous comparative research design and rich    More >

One-Party Dominance in African Democracies

Baladi Women of Cairo: Playing with an Egg and a Stone

Evelyn A. Early

Traditional, urban Egyptian women—baladi women—extol themselves with the proverb, "A baladi woman can play with an egg and a stone without breaking the egg." Evelyn Early illustrates this and other expressions of baladi women's self-identity by observing and recording their everyday discourse and how these women—who consider themselves destitute yet    More >

State Legitimacy and Development in Africa

Pierre Englebert

Now Available in Paperback! Although it typically is taken for granted that African economies perform poorly, it is less well known that there are a small but significant number of success stories on the continent. What accounts for Africa's average stagnation, and for the wide regional variations in developmental fortunes? Englebert argues with compelling statistics and the liberal use of    More >

State Legitimacy and Development in Africa

Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, and Sorrow

Pierre Englebert

Winner of the 2010 African Politics Conference Group Best Book Award! Though the demise of one or another African state has been heralded for nearly five decades, the map of the continent remains virtually unchanged. By and large, these states have failed to protect and promote the interests of their citizens; yet they endure. Asking why, Pierre Englebert carefully articulates the manner    More >

Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, and Sorrow

Inside African Politics

Pierre Englebert and Kevin C. Dunn

This state-of-the-art introduction to contemporary African politics has been carefully designed to provide not only thorough coverage of the full range of core topics, but also an awareness and understanding of key theoretical issues and controversies. Drawing on their extensive teaching and fieldwork experience, Pierre Englebert and Kevin Dunn offer:     • A    More >

Inside African Politics

The Multilateral Development Banks: Volume 1, The African Development Bank

E. Philip English and Harris M. Mule

The multilateral banks are powerful forces in the international community, providing loans of more than $250 billion to developing countries over the last half-century. The best-known of these, the World Bank, has been studied extensively, but the "regional development banks" are little understood, even within their own geographic regions. This book looks specifically at the policies    More >

The Multilateral Development Banks: Volume 1, The African Development Bank

The Cross and the River: Ethiopia, Egypt, and the Nile

Haggai Erlich

The ongoing Egyptian-Ethiopian dispute over the Nile waters is potentially one of the most difficult issues on the current international agenda, central to the very life of the two countries. Analyzing the context of the dispute across a span of more than a thousand years, The Cross and the River delves into the heart of both countries' identities and cultures. Erlich deftly weaves together    More >

The Cross and the River: Ethiopia, Egypt, and the Nile

Islam and Christianity in the Horn of Africa: Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan

Haggai Erlich

Can Christianity and Islam coexist? Or are Muslims and Christians destined to delegitimize and even demonize each other? Tracing the modern history of the region where the two religions first met, and where they are engaged now in active confrontation, Haggai Erlich finds legacies of both tolerance and militancy. Erlich's analysis of political, military, and diplomatic developments in the    More >

Islam and Christianity in the Horn of Africa: Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan

The Nile: Histories, Cultures, Myths

Haggai Erlich and Israel Gershoni, editors

Intercultural relations have revolved around the River Nile throughout recorded history: sharing the river's waters, Egyptians, Ethiopians, and Sudanese have developed rich dialogues of mutual cultural enrichment, as well as misconceptions and conflicts. This volume represents a rigorous scholarly attempt to trace these complex relations, exploring the multifaceted representations of the Nile,    More >

Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia: Islam, Christianity, and Politics Entwined

Haggai Erlich

What is the significance of Islam's growing strength in Ethiopia? And what is the impetus for the Saudi financing of hundreds of new mosques and schools in the country, the establishment of welfare organizations, and the spread of the Arabic language? Haggai Erlich explores the interplay of religion and international politics as it has shaped the development of modern Ethiopia and Saudi    More >

Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia: Islam, Christianity, and Politics Entwined

Subnationalism in Africa: Ethnicity, Alliances, and Politics

Joshua B. Forrest

The trend toward subnationalist autonomy—and away from the development of singular, state-centric political systems based on the Western model—is one of the most striking phenomena in Africa today. Joshua Forrest analyzes the expansion of ethnic subnationalist movements in the postcolonial period, the reasons behind their growth, and their implications for African politics. Forrest    More >

Subnationalism in Africa: Ethnicity, Alliances, and Politics

Mauritania: The Struggle for Democracy

Noel Foster

Why did a clique of Mauritanian officers risk their lives to overthrow the autocrat they had served for twenty years, only to cede power to an elected civilian? And having won acclaim for their commitment to a process of democratic transition, why did most of these officers join a year later to overthrow the newly elected president? Had the international community been fooled by a military    More >

Mauritania: The Struggle for Democracy

The Roots of Somali Political Culture

M.J. Fox

The fragmentation of the former Somali Democratic Republic into three distinctive entities, together with the events that have ensued since then, make for a complex political puzzle that raises a plethora of questions.  M.J. Fox explores some of the most fundamental of those questions: Have the "three Somalias" of today always been as disparate as they are now? How deeply rooted are    More >

The Roots of Somali Political Culture

Security Cooperation in Africa: A Reappraisal

Benedikt Franke

In the midst of the atrocities reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the seemingly constant strife in the Horn of Africa, and the ongoing violence in Darfur, how do we make sense of the simultaneous increase in interstate security cooperation in Africa? To what extent, and why, does this cooperation differ from previous initiatives? In what direction is it heading? Benedikt Franke assesses    More >

Security Cooperation in Africa: A Reappraisal

The Media and Conflicts in Central Africa

Marie-Soleil Frère

  This in-depth investigation of the role that local news media play in Central African conflicts combines theoretical analysis with case studies from nine African countries: Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. Each case study presents a comprehensive discussion of media    More >

The Media and Conflicts in Central Africa

The Making of Contemporary Africa: The Development of African Society Since 1800, 3rd ed.

Bill Freund

This comprehensive yet accessible text critically traces the complex trajectory of African society, culture, economy, and politics across more than two centuries. Appearing nearly two decades after the previous edition was published, the third edition of The Making of Contemporary Africa has not only been revised throughout, but also includes two entirely new chapters: one specifically on the    More >

The Making of Contemporary Africa: The Development of African Society Since 1800, 3rd ed.

Critical Perspectives on Wole Soyinka

James Gibbs, editor

Distinguished scholars analyze the plays, poetry, and prose of Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986. Introductory essays trace Soyinka’s career and place his work in the general context of African literature; the book also includes a definitive bibliography of his work and a chronology of his publications.    More >

Understanding Contemporary Africa, 5th edition

April A. Gordon and Donald L. Gordon, editors

This new edition of Understanding Contemporary Africa has been thoroughly revised to reflect the many significant events and trends of the past six years—seismic political changes, the impact of new information technology, the strong presence of China and other foreign powers, and much more. The authors provide current analyses not only of history, politics, and economics, but also    More >

Understanding Contemporary Africa, 5th edition

Transforming Capitalism and Patriarchy: Gender and Development in Africa

April A. Gordon

Using insights from feminist theory and political economy, Gordon examines the implications for women of current economic and political reform efforts in Africa. Much of the work on women in Africa argues that patriarchy and capitalism have collaborated in the exploitation and control of women to support dependent capitalist development; therefore, both are antithetical to the interests of women.    More >

Transforming Capitalism and Patriarchy: Gender and Development in Africa

Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Miracle or Model?

Lyn S. Graybill

Was South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) a "miracle" that depended on the unique leadership of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu? Or does it provide a working model for other traumatized nations? Addressing these questions, Lyn Graybill explores the political origins, theological underpinnings, and major achievements of the world's most ambitious truth    More >

Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Miracle or Model?

The Alhazai of Maradi: Traditional Hausa Merchants in a Changing Sahelian City

Emmanuel Gregoire, translated by Benjamin H. Hardy

The West African town of Maradi, capital of a prestigious nineteenth century Hausa chiefdom, became a trading center during the colonial period, and after Niger's independence in 1960, its prosperity and growth accelerated. Maradi's population increase (from 9,000 inhabitants in 1954 to nearly 100,000 by 1986) was accompanied by rapid social change, including the emergence of a rich    More >

Public Enterprise in Kenya: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why

Barbara Grosh

Central to the development strategies of virtually all the sub-Saharan economies, public enterprises are nonetheless perceived as inefficient and unprofitable. Barbara Grosh examines the public enterprise system in Kenya and shows that, while average performance has indeed been poor, there has been a broad range of results—from excellent to abysmal—and many firms have performed well    More >

Democratic Reform in Africa: The Quality of Progress

E. Gyimah-Boadi, editor

After years of reform efforts in Africa, much of the optimism over the continent's prospects has been replaced by widespread "Afropessimism." But to what extent is either view well founded? Democratic Reform in Africa plumbs the key issues in the contemporary African experience—including intrastate conflict, corruption, and the development of civil society—highlighting    More >

Democratic Reform in Africa: The Quality of Progress

Joseph Conrad: Third World Perspectives

Robert D. Hamner, editor

Issues of racial discrimination, imperialist exploitation, and accuracy of observation have long interested Conrad’s critics. As a European writing about imperialism in exotic lands, Conrad offered a vivid, but subjective account of the confrontations between the cultures and peoples of East and West. Though some in Africa have condemned his novels as racist, the books have been used as    More >

Zimbabwe Takes Back Its Land

Joseph Hanlon, Jeannette Manjengwa, and Teresa Smart

Countering the dominant media narratives of economic stagnation, Zimbabwe Takes Back Its Land offers a more positive and nuanced assessment of the results of the contentious land reforms that were introduced in Zimbabwe in 2000. The authors do not minimize the depredations of the Mugabe regime. Rather, they show how "ordinary" Zimbabweans have taken charge of their destinies in    More >

Zimbabwe Takes Back Its Land

Civil Society and the State in Africa

John W. Harbeson, Donald Rothchild, and Naomi Chazan, editors

This seminal book examines the potential value of the concept of civil society for enhancing the current understanding of state-society relations in Africa. The authors review the meanings of civil society in political philosophy, as well as alternative theoretical approaches to employing the concept in African settings. Considering both the patterns of emerging civil society in Africa and issues    More >

African Novels in the Classroom

Margaret Jean Hay, editor

Some of the best college teachers have found novels to be extremely effective assignments in courses addressing various aspects of African studies. Here, two dozen of those teachers describe their favorite African novels—drawn from all over the continent—and share their experiences in using them in the classroom. Each contributor discusses why a particular novel works well with    More >

Doguicimi [a novel]

Paul Hazoume, translated by Richard Bjornson

Although he was a staunch supporter of French colonialism, Paul Hazoumé in his realistic, sweeping narrative captures the customs and traditions—the soul—of Dahomey. This historical novel, set in the first half of the nineteenth century, depicts a proud and powerful nation at a turning point in its long pattern of wars, slave trade, and human sacrifices—practices that, in    More >

Identity in Algerian Politics: The Legacy of Colonial Rule

J.N.C. Hill

J.N.C. Hill explores the multiple causes of two decades of profound political change, social and economic upheaval, and bitter conflict in postindependence Algeria. Hill focuses on the relationship between identity and sociopolitical stability as he examines the trajectory of Algerian nation building.  How did French colonization and the war of liberation transform Algerian identities? How    More >

Identity in Algerian Politics: The Legacy of Colonial Rule

Policing Africa: Internal Security and the Limits of Liberalization

Alice Hills

The use and abuse of political power in Africa has been closely related to the role and function of the police. Alice Hills explores the impact of the cautious moves toward liberalization across the continent both on policing systems and on the relationship between those systems and national development. Hills engages contemporary debates on security sector reform, governance, law and justice,    More >

Policing Africa: Internal Security and the Limits of Liberalization

Sierra Leone: Diamonds and the Struggle for Democracy

John L. Hirsch

Sierra Leone's bitter experience with civil war garnered international attention only after the May 1997 coup, though the conflict between the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and successive governments had raged for at least a decade— against the backdrop of more than three decades of progressive state collapse. John Hirsch traces Sierra Leone's downward spiral, drawing on his first-hand    More >

Sierra Leone: Diamonds and the Struggle for Democracy

Snakes in Paradise: NGOs and the Aid Industry in Africa

Hans Holmén

Beginning in the 1980s, sub-Saharan Africa witnessed a veritable explosion of NGOs and CSOs engaged in efforts to develop the subcontinent. Often praised for their commitment, flexibility, close contact with grassroots movements and marginalized groups, these organizations have become the darlings of donors and the UN system. During the same period, however, rural Africa has sunk deeper into    More >

Snakes in Paradise: NGOs and the Aid Industry in Africa

The Time of Youth: Work, Social Change, and Politics in Africa

Alcinda M. Honwana

Most young Africans are living in a state of "waithood," argues Alcinda Honwana, finding themselves suspended in limbo between childhood and adulthood. Failed neoliberal economic policies, bad governance, and political instability have caused stable jobs to disappear; and without jobs that pay living wages, these young people cannot become fully participating members of society. But that    More >

The Time of Youth: Work, Social Change, and Politics in Africa

Our Sun Will Rise

Amelia Blossom House, with drawings by Selma Waldman

A collection of forty-two poems that depict the pain and pathos, the political and personal struggles that marked South Africa during apartheid. House is acutely sensitive to the sometimes subtle, sometimes explosive tensions of her homeland—and to the hope that must accompany any movement toward liberation. Eighteen full-page drawings by Selma Waldman are presented as visual responses to    More >

Ambiguous Order: Military Forces in African States

Herbert M. Howe

This original work examines three potential options for increasing state security in contemporary Africa: regional military groupings, private security companies, and a continent-wide, professional peacekeeping force. Howe explores these alternatives within the larger context of why African militaries have proven incapable of handling new types of insurgency; how the failed intervention in    More >

Ambiguous Order: Military Forces in African States

Making Sense of Governance: Empirical Evidence from Sixteen Developing Countries

Goran Hyden, Julius Court, and Kenneth Mease

Although governance has been the focus of a considerable body of literature on democratic transitions and consolidation, data to support the claim that the concept is a useful one has been lacking. Now, however, Making Sense of Governance clearly shows the utility of research on governance, presenting empirical evidence from sixteen developing countries.   The authors focus on six arenas:    More >

Making Sense of Governance: Empirical Evidence from Sixteen Developing Countries

Legends, Sorcerers, and Enchanted Lizards: Door Locks of the Bamana of Mali

Pascal James Imperato, with an foreword by Robert J. Koenig

The Bamana people are known for their rich artistic traditions, including the creation of masks, statues, door locks, headdresses, and ritual and utilitarian objects: Their door locks are among the most remarkable of all African art. Sculpted of wood in a rich variety of forms, they depict mythological and historical figures, social events, and representational figures—crocodiles, lizards,    More >

Legends, Sorcerers, and Enchanted Lizards: Door Locks of the Bamana of Mali

Sudan: The Elusive Quest for Peace

Ruth Iyob and Gilbert M. Khadiagala

The formal division in 2011 of Africa's largest state into two new states—Sudan (the Republic of the Sudan) and South Sudan (the Republic of South Sudan)—was the result of civil strife that had endured for generations. In the years leading up to this resolution, Sudan suffered from the failure of both regional and international actors to effectively come to terms with the scope of    More >

Sudan: The Elusive Quest for Peace

Now That We Are Free: Coloured Communities in a Democratic South Africa

Wilmot James, Daria Caliguire, and Kerry Cullinan, editors

Under apartheid, coloured people in South Africa were not "white enough." Now, some fear that they are not "black enough" to benefit from a democratic South Africa, as perhaps reflected in the recent local elections in the Western Cape. How in fact do coloured communities fit into the "rainbow nation" described by President Nelson Mandela in the opening chapter of    More >

Nubian Women of West Aswan: Negotiating Tradition and Change, 2nd edition

Anne M. Jennings

In the decade-and-a-half since the first edition of this book was written, there have been dramatic changes both in the town of Aswan and among the devoutly Muslim Nubians of the of West Aswan. Anne Jennings’s revised and updated ethnography reflects those changes and also incorporates new material from archaeological/historical research and new literature on the impact of tourism, the work    More >

Nubian Women of West Aswan: Negotiating Tradition and Change, 2nd edition

Surrogates of the State: NGOs, Development and Ujamaa in Tanzania

Michael Jennings

In Surrogates of the State Jennings explores the delicate relationship between development NGOs and the states they work in using his exhaustive and illuminating case study of Tanzania in the 1960s and 70s.  During that time Tanzania instituted the rural socialist Ujamaa program, resulting in the forced resettlement of 6 million people to villages, transforming the map of the country. Rather    More >

Surrogates of the State: NGOs, Development and Ujamaa in Tanzania

Western Sahara: Anatomy of a Stalemate?, 2nd edition

Erik Jensen

Responding to the changes that have swept across North Africa since the first edition of this book was published, Erik Jensen sheds new light on the enduring dispute over Western Sahara. Jensen reviews the history of the dispute, beginning with its colonial roots, and explains how and why attempts made by the OAU and, more persistently, the UN failed to achieve a formula for resolution    More >

Western Sahara: Anatomy of a Stalemate?, 2nd edition

Encyclopedia of South Africa

Krista Johnson and Sean Jacobs, editors

This authoritative, comprehensive reference work covers South Africa's history, government and politics, law, society and culture, economy and infrastructure, demography, environment, and more, from the era of human origins to the present. Nearly 300 alphabetically arranged entries provide information in a concise yet thorough way. In addition, a series of appendixes present a wealth of    More >

Encyclopedia of South Africa

State, Conflict, and Democracy in Africa

Richard Joseph, editor

This seminal volume explores the most important dimensions of state formation and erosion, social conflict, and the gains and setbacks in democratization in contemporary Africa. The results of nearly a decade of research, reflection, and collegial interaction, the collection delineates the dominant patterns of political restructuring since the upheavals of the early 1990s.      More >

State, Conflict, and Democracy in Africa

Smart Aid for African Development

Richard Joseph and Alexandra Gillies, editors

Despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent on foreign aid to sub-Saharan Africa, a sure path to growth and development has not yet been found—and each new heralded approach has crumbled amid regrets and recriminations. The authors of Smart Aid for African Development provide critical assessments of the main components of foreign assistance, considering how smarter use can be made of    More >

Smart Aid for African Development

Population Growth and Environmental Degradation in Africa

Ezekiel Kalipeni, editor

Population growth and environmental degradation are becoming increasingly important, and intertwined, issues in Southern Africa. The authors of this book warn that unless population growth is forestalled, the number of people in the region is likely to double in less than thirty years—placing enormous pressures on available farmland, job creation, shelter, educational systems, public    More >

Reflections: An Anthology of New Work by African Women Poets

Anthonia C. Kalu, Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, and Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, editors

This anthology of never-before-published poems showcases a new generation of African women poets, some familiar, some just beginning their literary careers. Their rich voices belie popular stereotypes, reflecting the diversity and dynamism of their environment. As they range across topics encompassing family and personal relationships, politics, war, and the ravages of famine and disease, they    More >

Reflections: An Anthology of New Work by African Women Poets

South Africa in Southern Africa: Domestic Change and International Conflict

Edmond J. Keller and Louis A. Picard, editors

South Africa in Southern Africa critically examines the dynamics of political change and conflict in South Africa in both the domestic and international arenas. The assumption that guides the book is that, in order to understand the process of change that is currently unfolding in South Africa, one must understand not only the patterns of race, class, clientelism, and culture inside the country,    More >

Women and Development in Africa: How Gender Works, 2nd Edition

Michael Kevane

This new edition of Women and Development in Africa incorporates the results of more than a decade of new empirical and theoretical research. Michael Kevane provides a broad overview of the sources of underdevelopment in Africa and the role of gender in economic transactions, as well as a cogent analysis of the gendered realities of such issues as land rights, the control of labor, the marriage    More >

Women and Development in Africa: How Gender Works, 2nd Edition

African Foreign Policies: Power and Process

Gilbert M. Khadiagala and Terrence Lyons, editors

This comprehensive treatment of the interplay between domestic and international politics analyzes efforts by African states to manage their external relations amid seismic shifts in the internal, regional, and global environments. The authors' nuanced analysis of foreign policy issues and themes traverses the continent, identifying patterns of change, examining constraints, and giving careful    More >

African Foreign Policies: Power and Process

Security Dynamics in Africa's Great Lakes Region

Gilbert M. Khadiagala, editor

The site of genocide in Rwanda, recurrent cycles of communal massacre, deepening poverty, state fragmentation, and massive displacement of civilians, is Africa's Great Lakes region finally moving away from decades of decay and destruction, or is it fated to remain mired in interminable strife? The authors of Security Dynamics in Africa's Great Lakes Region explore the sources of conflict    More >

Security Dynamics in Africa's Great Lakes Region

The Political Economy of Sanctions Against Apartheid

Haider Ali Khan

Existing political economy analyses of the arguments for and against imposing economic sanctions against South Africa, however astute, suffer from a lack of empirical analysis at any but the most descriptive level. Professor Khan has developed a new approach to the topic of the sanctions, combining the imperatives of capital accumulation and growth in South Africa with the particular political and    More >

Children at Work: Child Labor Practices in Africa

Anne Kielland and Maurizia Tovo

In this accessible treatment of child labor in Africa, straightforward prose is enriched throughout with photographs that give a human face to the issues involved. The authors draw on sources ranging from scholarly studies to children's own voices. After providing a general background to the topic—debunking myths in the process—they describe the work typically done by African    More >

Children at Work: Child Labor Practices in Africa

Muslim Women Throughout the World: A Bibliography

Michelle Kimball and Barbara R. von Schlegell

This comprehensive, up-to-date bibliography covers nearly 3,000 English-language books and articles on Muslim women throughout the world. Works are listed alphabetically by author, with an extensive index including both geographical and topical headings. A special feature of the bibliography is its annotated list of the 50 "most highly recommended" books and articles; the result of a    More >

Rwanda’s Popular Genocide: A Perfect Storm

Jean-Paul Kimonyo

Why did Rwanda's rural Hutus participate so massively, and so personally, in the country's 1994 genocide of its Tutsi population? Given all that has been written already about this horrific episode, is there still more that can be learned? Answering these questions, Jean-Paul Kimonyo's social and economic history explores at the deepest level the role both of power relations among    More >

Rwanda’s Popular Genocide: A Perfect Storm

Civil Wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1960-2010

Emizet François Kisangani

Wars of secession, ethnic wars, rebellions, and mutinies have been part of the political landscape of the Democratic Republic of Congo since the country became independent in 1960.  Why? And what can we learn from this seemingly unending series of internal conflicts?  Emizet François Kisangani explores these fundamental questions within a rigorously systematic and uniquely    More >

Civil Wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1960-2010

The Suns of Independence

Ahmadou Kourouma

A masterpiece of modern African literature, The Suns of Independence brilliantly captures the struggles, desires, and dreams of people in a west African country as they live through the tumultuous days of postcolonial independence.    More >

The Suns of Independence

Decentralization in Uganda: Explaining Successes and Failures in Local Governance

Gina M.S. Lambright

Why do some African local governments perform well, while others fail to deliver even the most basic services to their constituents? Gina Lambright finds answers to this question in her investigation of the factors that contribute to good—and those that result in ineffective—institutional performance at the district level in Uganda. Examining the conditions under which local    More >

Decentralization in Uganda: Explaining Successes and Failures in Local Governance

Waiting for Rain: Agriculture and Ecological Imbalance in Cape Verde

Mark Langworthy and Timothy J. Finan

This ethnographic study of Cape Verde tackles critical development issues: the struggle for self–sufficient food security, the tension between agricultural production and natural resource sustainability, and the appropriate role of government policy in food production and natural resource management. Cape Verde has moved into an ecological imbalance between the sustainable production    More >

Borders, Nationalism, and the African State

Ricardo René Larémont, editor

Tackling a fundamental question in the study of contemporary African politics, Borders, Nationalism, and the African State systematically and comparatively examines the impact of colonial borders on the intertwined trajectories of ethnic conflict and state development. The authors combine case studies (Congo, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and Sudan) with thematic chapters to provide a vivid story of    More >

Borders, Nationalism, and the African State

Politics in Francophone Africa

Victor T. Le Vine

Choice Outstanding Academic Book! The fourteen countries in west and equatorial Africa that formed the heart of what was once France's African colonial empire?all independent now for more than four decades?still retain French as an official language, remain attached to French culture, and maintain political links with France. Each country, however, has developed its own distinctive brand of    More >

Politics in Francophone Africa

The Political Economy of Regionalism in Southern Africa

Margaret C. Lee

In the face of increasing economic globalization, the countries of southern Africa have made commitments to enhanced regional development and the integration of their economies. Margaret Lee examines the challenges to regionalism in southern Africa, providing a critical assessment of the prospects for successful implementation.   Lee's detailed study of the processes driving (or inhibiting)    More >

The Political Economy of Regionalism in Southern Africa

Africa's Stalled Development: International Causes and Cures

David K. Leonard and Scott Straus

This thoughtful discussion probes the international roots of Africa's civil conflicts and lackluster economies. Analyzing an unwitting system that creates a set of incentives inimical to development, the authors offer a new way of thinking about Africa's development dilemmas and the policy options for addressing them.   Weak states, aid dependence, crushing debt, and enclave    More >

Africa's Stalled Development: International Causes and Cures

Coping with Crisis in African States

Peter M. Lewis and John W. Harbeson, editors

Although large-scale conflicts, political upheavals, and social violence are common problems throughout Africa, individual countries vary greatly in both their susceptibility to these crises and their capacities for responding effectively. What accounts for this variance? How do crises emerge, and how are they resolved? When are unexpected events most likely to spiral into crisis? Are there    More >

Coping with Crisis in African States

Governing Africa’s Changing Societies: Dynamics of Reform

Ellen M. Lust and Stephen N. Ndegwa, editors

What is the cumulative impact of the immense social, economic, and political changes that Africa has undergone in recent decades? What opportunities do those changes present to improve the lives of the continent's citizens? Countering the prevailing mood of pessimism in the face of disappointed expectations, the authors of Governing Africa's Changing Societies demonstrate the    More >

Governing Africa’s Changing Societies: Dynamics of Reform

Contemporary African Politics and Development: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1981-1990

complied by Vijitha Mahadevan with the staff of UCLA's African Bibliography Project

This invaluable research tool is a systematic, comprehensive analysis of books, monographs, journals, and edited volumes dealing with African political affairs and socioeconomic development. The bibliography contains more than 16,000 citations (both English and French sources are included) covering material published from 1981 through 1990. Chapters in edited volumes are treated as individual    More >

Political Islam in West Africa: State-Society Relations Transformed

William F.S. Miles, editor

Long before the September 11 attacks galvanized Western attention on what has variously been called political Islam, Islamic fundamentalism, and Islamism, African nations with sizeable Muslim populations were experiencing significant transformations in the relationship between religion and state. Political Islam in West Africa explores those ongoing transformations in key countries of the Sahel    More >

Political Islam in West Africa: State-Society Relations Transformed

African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors, 2nd edition

Todd J. Moss

This fully revised edition of African Development reflects the recent development successes experienced in Africa, as well as the growing divergence between countries that are engaging with the global economy and those that remain more insular. The result is a comprehensive introduction to the development issues, actors, and institutions interacting across the diverse continent. The book is    More >

African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors, 2nd edition

Africa in the Global Economy

Richard E. Mshomba

Choice Outstanding Academic Book! This in-depth analysis of the role of international trade in Africa focuses on four central issues: the trade policies of the sub-Saharan African countries; the impact of GATT and its successor, the World Trade Organization; the impact of specific GATT/WTO agreements; and the viability of regional economic integration as a strategy for trade and    More >

Africa in the Global Economy

Domestic Politics and Drought Relief in Africa: Explaining Choices

Ngonidzashe Munemo

Ngonidzashe Munemo challenges the conventional wisdom that African governments lack the technical capacity and political will to respond to drought and the threat of famine. Through a comparative analysis of three politically disparate countries—Botswana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe—Munemo demonstrates that differences in the ways that governments face similar drought-induced food crisis    More >

Domestic Politics and Drought Relief in Africa: Explaining Choices

Chaminuka: Prophet of Zimbabwe [a novel]

Solomon M. Mutswairo

The late Solomon Mutswairo was one of southern Africa's most prominent contemporary writers. Here, he gives us a historical novel about Zimbabwe’s famed nineteenth-century prophet, Chaminuka, a man who sacrificed his life for the cause of peace. Mutswairo tells a tragic tale about deception and the dislocation caused by the "divide and conquer" strategies of colonialism. But    More >

Kenya's Quest for Democracy: Taming Leviathan

Makau Mutua

Tracing the trajectory of postcolonial politics, Makau Mutua maps the political forces that have shaped contemporary Kenya. He also critically explores efforts on the part of both civil society and the political opposition to reform the state. Analyzing the tortuous efforts since independence to create a sustainable, democratic state, he uses the struggle over constitutional reform as a window for    More >

Kenya's Quest for Democracy: Taming Leviathan

The Democratic Republic of Congo: Economic Dimensions of War and Peace

Michael Nest, with François Grignon and Emizet F. Kisangani

Despite the prominent role that competition over natural resources has played in some of Africa's most intractable conflicts, little research has been devoted to what the economic dimensions of armed conflict mean for peace operations and efforts to reconstruct war-torn states. Redressing this gap, this volume analyzes the challenges that the war economy posed, and continues to pose, for    More >

The Democratic Republic of Congo: Economic Dimensions of War and Peace

Peacekeeping in Sierra Leone: The Story of UNAMSIL

'Funmi Olonisakin

The first in a series of "inside" histories, Peacekeeping in Sierra Leone relates how a small country—one insignificant in the strategic considerations of the world powers—propelled the United Nations to center stage in a crisis that called the UN's very authority into serious question; and how the UN mission in Sierra Leone was transformed from its nadir into what is now    More >

Peacekeeping in Sierra Leone: The Story of UNAMSIL

Local Governance in Africa: The Challenges of Democratic Decentralization

Dele Olowu and James S. Wunsch
with contributions by Joseph Ayee, Gerrit M. Deslooverer, Simon Fass, Dan Ottemoeller, and Paul Smoke

Why have some decentralization reforms led to viable systems of local governance in Africa, while others have failed? Exploring this question, the authors outline the key issues involved, provide historical context, and identify the factors that have encouraged or discouraged success.   Detailed studies of seven African states are grounded in a common analytical framework, one that    More >

Local Governance in Africa: The Challenges of Democratic Decentralization

Better Governance and Public Policy: Capacity Building for Democratic Renewal in Africa

Dele Olowu and Soumana Sako, editors

Exploring the relationship between governance and development policy, the authors of this collection describe recent governance changes in a range of African countries, analyze the consequences of those changes for institutional reforms, and highlight the challenges involved in consolidating ongoing processes of economic liberalization and democratization.    More >

Better Governance and Public Policy: Capacity Building for Democratic Renewal in Africa

Mau Mau's Daughter: A Life History

Wambui Waiyaki Otieno, edited and with an introduction by Cora AnnPresley

Wambui Waiyaki Otieno, Kenyan activist and wife of the late S.M. Otieno, recounts her involvement in nearly a half-century of East African politics: her years in the Mau Mau movement, her role in women’s organizations under the Kenyatta and the Moi regimes, and the controversy surrounding her husband’s burial. Her personal narratives and anecdotes paint not only a detailed    More >

The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt

David B. Ottaway

After the autocratic regimes in the seemingly unassailable police states of Tunisia and Egypt suddenly collapsed in 2011, the Islamic parties that took over quickly succumbed in turn to further massive uprisings, this time by disaffected secularists and, in the case of Egypt, with the support of the army. What explains this? And why do the current regimes in both countries remain so    More >

The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt

The Church and AIDS in Africa: The Politics of Ambiguity

Amy S. Patterson

Situating her analysis squarely within the context of debates about the role of religion in African politics and society, Amy Patterson systematically analyzes the efforts (and sometimes lack of effort) of Christian churches in shaping HIV/AIDS policy. Patterson considers how theological worldviews, material resources, historical interactions with the state, and global networks influence church    More >

The Church and AIDS in Africa: The Politics of Ambiguity

The Politics of AIDS in Africa

Amy S. Patterson

Why do some African states commit more effectively than others to the fight against AIDS? How do power inequalities and decisionmaking institutions shape Africa's ability to combat the disease? Within the context of debates about the nature of the African state, its relations with civil society, and its reliance on external donors, Amy Patterson presents a systematic study of African state    More >

The Politics of AIDS in Africa

Fixing African Economies: Policy Research for Development

Lucie Colvin Phillips and Diery Seck, editors

When African countries embarked on the first round of structural adjustments in the 1980s and 1990s, there was little opportunity to first determine what programs would work where—instead, governments reluctantly implemented policies that were imposed by international financial institutions and based on theoretical models. The ensuing process was eventful—and the results    More >

Fixing African Economies: Policy Research for Development

The Limits of Democratic Governance in South Africa

Louis A. Picard and Thomas Mogale

In the transition from apartheid rule to democratic governance in South Africa, what has been the impact on South African society at its base—on the people in the country's cities, towns, villages, and farms? Louis Picard and Thomas Mogale offer answers to this fundamental question, tracing historical trends and measuring change (or the lack of it) in the dynamic between the promise of    More >

The Limits of Democratic Governance in South Africa

The US Military in Africa: Enhancing Security and Development?

Jessica Piombo, editor

Recent US security policy toward Africa has adopted a multidimensional approach—including the use of military assets to promote economic development and good governance—that has raised questions and generated considerable debate. Can actors like the US military develop appropriate methods to address both US and African interests? What blend of civilian and military programs are most    More >

The US Military in Africa: Enhancing Security and Development?

Ivoirien Capitalism: African Entrepreneurs in Cote d'Ivoire

John Rapley

Though studies of capitalism in Africa traditionally focus on the activities of foreign investment, in Cote d'Ivoire capitalist development has been largely the work of a domestic class of entrepreneurs. This book traces the history of Cote d'Ivoire's capitalist development, beginning with early European contact and bringing the story up to the present decade. Drawing on new data,    More >

Warlord Politics and African States

William Reno

The dramatic reconfigurations of political authority taking place in Africa—what many term "warlordism" or "state failure"—call for an exploration of the origins of these changes, the likelihood of their durability, and their implications for the continent's regional system of states. Reno argues that the end of the Cold War as a particular configuration of the    More >

Warlord Politics and African States

Democratic Participation in Rural Tanzania and Zambia: The Impact of Civic Education

Satu Riutta

Satu Riutta asks whether civic education initiatives—to which huge sums of donor funds and effort are devoted annually—actually promote political participation among the rural poor in nascent democracies. Does raising awareness about citizen rights and responsibilities increase participation? Are the effects of civic education greatest on collective or individual forms of    More >

Democratic Participation in Rural Tanzania and Zambia: The Impact of Civic Education

Qaddafi's Libya in World Politics

Yehudit Ronen

Libya's enigmatic Muammar Qaddafi demonstrated a perhaps unprecedented capacity for reinvention and survival, particularly in the realm of foreign policy. Yehudit Ronen traces Libya's sometimes tortuous trajectory in international affairs across the four decades of Qaddafi's leadership. Ronen addresses a range of critical issues: oil politics, foreign military adventurism, WMDs,    More >

Qaddafi's Libya in World Politics

Crafting the New Nigeria: Confronting the Challenges

Robert I. Rotberg, editor

Is Nigeria, with its vast wealth in both human and natural resources, on the path to realizing its enormous potential? Or is it in danger of becoming a failed state? Crafting the New Nigeria considers the challenges that the country's leadership now faces, offering rich—and sobering—analyses of Nigeria's current political and economic systems.    More >

Crafting the New Nigeria: Confronting the Challenges

Africa-US Relations: Strategic Encounters

Donald Rothchild and Edmond J. Keller, editors

Reflecting the debate between state-centered and human-security approaches to security strategy, Africa-US Relations explores the interactions between the US and African countries in a wide spectrum of key arenas.   The authors range from such traditional security issues as peacekeeping and terrorism to concerns with HIV/AIDS, environmental degradation, aid policies, and international    More >

Africa-US Relations: Strategic Encounters

Humanitarianism Under Fire: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia

Kenneth R. Rutherford

Humanitarianism Under Fire is a candid, detailed narrative of the international humanitarian intervention in Somalia—an intervention that became a deadly test of the UN’s ability to carry out a peace operation using armed force. Kenneth Rutherford presents new information gleaned from interviews and intensive research in five countries. His evidence shows how Somalia became a    More >

Humanitarianism Under Fire: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia

Season of Migration to the North [a novel]

Tayeb Salih, translated by Denys Johnson-Davies

Salih's shocking and beautiful novel reveals much about the people on each side of a cultural divide. A brilliant Sudanese student takes his mix of anger and obsession with the West to London, where he has affairs with women who are similarly obsessed with the mysterious East. Life, ecstasy, and death share the same moment in time. First published in Arabic in 1969.    More >

Season of Migration to the North [a novel]

Beyond Plunder: Toward Democratic Governance in Liberia

Amos Sawyer

Can a stable political order be established in Liberia in the aftermath of the collapse of governance and a horrendous period of pillage and carnage? Amos Sawyer argues that the task can indeed be accomplished—but only in the context of new constitutional arrangements and governing institutions that differ markedly from those of the past. Sawyer draws deeply on his experience as head of    More >

Beyond Plunder: Toward Democratic Governance in Liberia

Shehu Musa Yar'Adua: A Biography

Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation

Shehu Musa Yar'Adua was a first-hand participant in some of Nigeria's most pivotal moments since independence. This book, set against the backdrop of Nigerian history, tells the inside story of Yar'Adua's life and his vision for his country. Tracing events from Yar'Adua's childhood to his unexplained death in prison during General Abacha's regime—and rich with previously unavailable    More >

Shehu Musa Yar'Adua: A Biography

Female Circumcision in Africa: Culture, Controversy, and Change

Bettina Shell-Duncan and Ylva Hernlund, editors

Though the issue of female genital cutting, or "circumcision," has become a nexus for debates on cultural relativism, human rights, patriarchal oppression, racism, and Western imperialism, the literature has been separated by diverse fields of study. In contrast, this volume brings together contributors from anthropology, public health, political science, demography, history, and    More >

Female Circumcision in Africa: Culture, Controversy, and Change

African Politics and Problems in Development

Richard L. Sklar and C.S. Whitaker

These essays are the work of two scholars who have been closely associated with the field of African studies and with one another for more than three decades. During this period, each in his own way dissented from formulations associated with modernization and functionalist theories, which were pervasive when they began their studies. In major books, Sklar explored the political implications of    More >

Humanitarian Crises and Intervention: Reassessing the Impact of Mass Media

Walter C. Soderlund, E. Donald Briggs, Kai Hildebrandt, and Abdel Salam Sidahmed

Why has the international community been unwilling, time and time again, to address the humanitarian crises that have killed millions of people in postcolonial states and forced many millions more to leave their homes and livelihoods? Focusing on the role of major media outlets, the authors of Humanitarian Crises and Intervention provide a unique look at violent conflicts in Angola, Burundi,    More >

Humanitarian Crises and Intervention: Reassessing the Impact of Mass Media

Civil War in African States: The Search for Security

Ian S. Spears

How do disputants in Africa's civil wars—rebel movements, ethnic groups, state leaders—find security in the midst of anarchic situations? Why do some rebel movements pursue a secessionist agenda while others seek to overthrow the existing government? Under what circumstances will insurgents agree to share power? Proposing answers to these questions, Ian Spears offers a fresh    More >

Civil War in African States: The Search for Security

Women Farmers and Commercial Ventures: Increasing Food Security in Developing Countries

Anita Spring, editor

Women around the world are entering commercial agriculture—and often succeeding—despite development policies designed to exclude them. In this comparative volume, case studies reveal that farm women in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are rapidly becoming more than “subsistence producers. The authors explore the societal and domestic changes brought about as women move from    More >

Women Farmers and Commercial Ventures: Increasing Food Security in Developing Countries

Party Politics and the Prospects for Democracy in North Africa

Lise Storm

What are the prospects for democracy in North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring? Addressing that question, Lise Storm provides a rich analysis of party politics in the region. Storm focuses on Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria, examining the key characteristics and political dynamics of each country's party system as they have evolved over time. Her research sheds light not only on the    More >

Party Politics and the Prospects for Democracy in North Africa

The ANC Underground in South Africa, 1950-1976

Raymond Suttner

It is widely assumed that the African National Congress essentially disappeared from South Africa after its banning in 1960 and the imprisonment of its leaders, until public support for it revived in the wake of the 1976 Soweto uprising. Raymond Suttner takes issue with that view. Drawing on extensive oral testimony, Suttner reveals how internally based activists, often working independently of    More >

The ANC Underground in South Africa, 1950-1976

Recovering Democracy in South Africa

Raymond Suttner

Raymond Suttner brings together the best of his recent work to offer both an in-depth engagement with the current challenges facing South Africa and a damning account of the politics of the Zuma era. Notably, despite his strongly argued criticism of the country’s present political order, he does not leave the reader with a sense of pessimism, but instead points to ways in which South    More >

Recovering Democracy in South Africa

China's New Role in Africa

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor explores the nature and implications of China's burgeoning role in Africa, arguing that Beijing is using Africa not only as a source of needed raw materials and potential new markets, but also to bolster its own position on the international stage. After tracing the history of Sino-African relations, Taylor addresses key current issues: What will be the long-term consequences,    More >

China's New Role in Africa

Business and the State in Southern Africa: The Politics of Economic Reform

Scott D. Taylor

Why are productive, development-supporting relations between business and government still so rare in Africa? Scott Taylor addresses this question, examining state-business coalitions as they emerge, and endure or collapse, in three representative countries: Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Taylor illuminates three possible trajectories: an abortive state-business coalition, as in Zambia; the    More >

Business and the State in Southern Africa: The Politics of Economic Reform

Nepad: Toward Africa's Development or Another False Start?

Ian Taylor

Enthusiastically embraced by African presidents, G-7 leaders, and the UN General Assembly alike, the New Partnership for Africa's Development has been advanced as the vehicle that will vitalize the continent's economies. Ian Taylor critically explores just what Nepad is, and what potential it has—or lacks—for promoting African development.    More >

Nepad: Toward Africa's Development or Another False Start?

Yoruba Hometowns: Community, Identity, and Development in Nigeria

Lillian Trager

The pattern of migrants maintaining strong ties with their home communities is particularly common in sub-Saharan Africa, where it has important social, cultural, political, and economic implications. Lillian Trager explores the significance of hometown connections for civil society and local development in Nigeria. Rich ethnographic description and case studies illustrate the links that the Ijesa    More >

Yoruba Hometowns: Community, Identity, and Development in Nigeria

Museveni’s Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime

Aili Mari Tripp

Aili Mari Tripp takes a close, clear-sighted look at Ugandan politics since 1986, when Yoweri Museveni became the country's president. Museveni's exercise of power has been replete with contradictions: steps toward political liberalization have been controlled in ways that further centralize authority; and despite claims of relative peace and stability, Uganda has been plagued by two    More >

Museveni’s Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime

Culture, Development, and Public Administration in Africa

Ogwo Jombo Umeh and Greg Andranovich

Using southern African nations as an example, the authors argue that emerging societies are poor today thanks to the over reliance on non-local models. Practitioners must consider local cultures—-languages, symbols, customs, and rituals—in developing effective administrative practices. They must absorb the experiences of people who know first-hand the dynamics and conditions in these    More >

Culture, Development, and Public Administration in Africa

Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda

Peter Uvin

Winner of the African Studies Association’s Herskovits Award! Aiding Violence expresses outrage at the contradiction of genocide in a country considered at the time by Western aid agencies to be a model of development. Peter Uvin reveals how aid enterprises reacted—or failed to react—to the 1990s dynamics of militarization and polarization in Rwanda that resulted in mass    More >

Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda

Security and Politics in South Africa: The Regional Dimension

Peter Vale

In this analysis of South Africa's postapartheid security system, Peter Vale moves beyond a realist discussion of interacting states to examine southern Africa as an integrated whole.   Vale argues that, despite South Africa's manipulation of state structures and elites in the region for its own ends, the suffering endured under the apartheid regime drew the region together at the    More >

Security and Politics in South Africa: The Regional Dimension

Judicial Politics in New Democracies: Cases from Southern Africa

Peter VonDoepp

That judicial institutions are important for emerging democracies leaves little room for debate. But to what extent do judiciaries in these new democracies maintain their autonomy? And what accounts for varying levels of autonomy across states? Drawing on the cases of Malawi, Zambia, and Namibia—and offering a novel analytical framework—Peter VonDoepp illuminates why power holders    More >

Judicial Politics in New Democracies: Cases from Southern Africa

Waiting to Happen: HIV/AIDS in South Africa—The Bigger Picture

Liz Walker, Graeme Reid, and Morna Cornell

Why are more women than men in South Africa HIV positive? What explains the exponential growth of AIDS in the country? How is HIV/AIDS understood in various cultural belief systems? What can be done about the epidemic? This powerful book—incorporating evocative photographs and the voices of scholars, practitioners, and victims of the epidemic—looks at the social, cultural, and    More >

Waiting to Happen: HIV/AIDS in South Africa—The Bigger Picture

Negotiating the Net in Africa: The Politics of Internet Diffusion

Ernest J. Wilson III and Kelvin R. Wong, editors

Why do national patterns of Internet expansion differ so greatly throughout Africa? To what extent do politics trump technology? Who are the "information champions" in the various African states? Addressing these and related questions, Negotiating the Net in Africa explores the politics, economics, and technology of Internet diffusion across the continent.   The "Negotiating    More >

Negotiating the Net in Africa: The Politics of Internet Diffusion

African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies

Geoff Wisner, editor

African Lives, a pioneering anthology of memoirs and autobiographical writings, lets the people of Africa speak for themselves—telling stories of struggle and achievement that have the authenticity of lived experience. The anthology presents selections from the work of many of Africa's finest writers and most significant personalities from across the continent and spanning several    More >

African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies

Traditional Cures for Modern Conflicts: African Conflict “Medicine”

I. William Zartman, editor

Medical science has taken a new look at indigenous African healing practices, asking whether unique knowledge exists in traditional societies or whether Western and traditional societies developed the same knowledge with different names. In a similar vein, this study considers traditional African conflict-management practices. The authors identify the contributions of traditional mechanisms for    More >

Traditional Cures for Modern Conflicts: African Conflict “Medicine”

Collapsed States: The Disintegration and Restoration of Legitimate Authority

I. William Zartman, editor

The collapse of states—a phenomenon that goes far beyond rebellion or the change of regimes to involve the literal implosion of structures of authority and legitimacy—has until now received little scholarly attention, despite the fact that a number of states have actually ceased to exist as entities in the aftermath of the collapse of the dominant international system. The authors of    More >