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Africa-US Relations: Strategic Encounters

Donald Rothchild and Edmond J. Keller, editors
Africa-US Relations: Strategic Encounters
ISBN: 978-1-58826-435-0
ISBN: 978-1-62637-203-0
2006/299 pages/LC: 2005029711

"An excellent introduction to the complex relationship between the United States and the African subcontinent at the beginning of the twenty-first century."—Nicolas van de Walle, Foreign Affairs

"Presenting two competing paradigms of security in Africa, the authors offer a valuable analysis of how the war on terror has introduced a new sense of urgency into US Africa relations, and of the security implications of such issues as aid, debt, peacekeeping, HIV/AIDS, and oil."—Robert Mortimer, Haverford College

"An important and needed volume.... The authors provide access both to the tormented past and the conflicted present of US Africa relations."—Ricardo René Larémont, Binghamton University, SUNY


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 trade. Their contributions place in sharp relief the differences in inner logic and preferred consequences among alternative strategic perspectives—as well as the implications of those differences for policy choices.


The late Donald Rothchild was professor of political science at the University of California, Davis, and Edmond J. Keller is professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the numerous books on which the two have collaborated are Africa in the New International Order and Afro-Marxist Regimes.


  • Africa and the United States: Meeting the Challenges of Globalization—E.J. Keller.
  • African Peacekeeping—S. Rugumamu.
  • A Strategic Approach to Terrorism—P.N. Lyman.
  • US Intervention in Africa's Ethnic Conflicts: The Scope for Action—D. Rothchild and N. Emmanuel.
  • The Special Case of the Horn of Africa—R. Iyob and E.J. Keller.
  • Human Security—C. Thomas.
  • HIV/AIDS in Africa—S.F. Joireman.
  • Foreign Interests and Environmental Degradation—C.I. Obi.
  • Debt and Debt Relief—T.M. Callaghy.
  • Aid and Trade Policies: Shifting the Debate—F. Cheru.
  • Trends in US-Africa Relations: Implications for the Future—D. Rothchild.