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Africa’s International Relations: Balancing Domestic and Global Interests

Beth Elise Whitaker and John F. Clark
Africa’s International Relations: Balancing Domestic and Global Interests
ISBN: 978-1-62637-734-9
$75.00
ISBN: 978-1-62637-737-0
$32.50
Forthcoming October 2018/380 pages
"To explain Africa's international relations in one book is a daunting challenge, one that the authors have fully met.... I will certainly adopt this book as a required text for my classes."—Emmanuel Uwalaka, St. Louis University

"Brings together a deep appreciation for the region's historical context with important theoretical insights from the major traditions of international relations theory. This text will be of great value to both students and policymakers eager to understand how African countries relate to each other and the rest of the world."—Michael Byron Nelson, Monmouth College

DESCRIPTION

Comprehensive and engaging, this timely introduction to Africa’s international relations explores how power, interests, and ideas influence interactions both among the continent’s states and between African states and other actors in the global arena.

How has history shaped the international relations of African states and peoples? What role does identity play? How are foreign policies linked to domestic political dynamics, and especially to the pursuit of regime security? How are states grappling with the tensions between sovereignty and external pressures? These are among the questions answered as the authors address a wide range of ongoing and emerging challenges, all in historical and theoretical context. In addition, a case study at the end of each chapter illustrates key concepts and reflects an ongoing debate. The result is an ideal text for students, as well as an invaluable resource for researchers and policymakers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beth Elise Whitaker is associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. John F. Clark is professor of politics and international relations at Florida International University.

CONTENTS

  • Understanding Africa's International Relations.
  • THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT.
  • From Kingdoms to States.
  • Africa During the Cold War.
  • THE PURSUIT OF FREEDOM AND DEVELOPMENT.
  • Foreign Aid and Economic Conditionality.
  • External Pressures for Political Reform and Human Rights.
  • The Elusive Goal of African Unity.
  • THE CHALLENGES OF SECURITY.
  • The Regionalization of Conflict.
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Peace Operations.
  • The Politics of Migration.
  • ENGAGING WITH EXTERNAL ACTORS.
  • Africa and the United States.
  • Africa and Europe.
  • Africa and the Emerging Powers.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • International Relations and Domestic Politics Entwined.