Conflict and Security in Africa

Spanning the period from the cold war to the 'war on terror', examines the political economy dynamics of security and insecurity on the continent, as well as its implications for political actions.
Date Published :
September 2013
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Editor :
Rita Abrahamsen
Series :
ROAPE African Readers
Illustration :
2 line drawing
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781847010780
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock


More than any other part of the globe, Africa has become associated with conflict, insecurity and human rights atrocities. In the popular imagination and the media, overpopulation, environmental degradation and ethnic hatred dominate accounts of African violence, while in academic and policy-making circles, conflict and insecurity have also come to occupy centre stage, with resource-hungry warlords and notions of 'greed' and 'grievance' playing key explanatory roles. Since the attacks of 9/11, there has also been mounting concern that the continent's so-called 'ungoverned spaces' will provide safe havens for terrorists intent on destroying Western civilization. The Review of African Political Economy has engaged extensively with issues of conflict and security, both analysing on-going conflicts and often challenging predominant modes of explanation and interpretation. This Review of African Political Economy Reader provides a timely, comprehensive and critical contribution to contemporary debates about conflict and security on the continent. The first section, covers some of the continent's main post-Cold War conflicts and demonstrates their global connections. The articles also discuss the so-called 'resource curse', as well as the global arms trade, and reveal the complexities of the relationship between the economic and the political. The second section focuses on security as part of post-Cold War global governance, and discusses the effects of liberal peace-building as well as the link between development assistance and the 'war on terror'. The final section examines life as it continues in conditions of war and shows how insecurity reconfigures urban space, transforms social order, identities and authority. Rita Abrahamsen is Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada Published in association with ROAPE ROAPE African Readers Series Editors: Tunde Zack-Williams & Ray Bush


Introduction: Conflict & Security in Africa. PART I: GLOBAL ECONOMIES, STATE COLLAPSE & CONFLICTS - Rita AbrahamsenIronies of Post-Cold War Structural Adjustment in Sierra Leone. (No. 67, 1996) - William RenoTimber Booms, State Busts: The Political Economy of Liberian Timber. (No. 101, 2004) - Patrick B. JohnstonPetro-Insurgency or Criminal Syndicate? Conflict & Violence in the Niger Delta. (No.114, 2007) - Michael J. WattsOil as the 'Curse' of Conflict in Africa: Peering through the Smoke & Mirrors. (No. 114, 2007) - Cyril I. ObiDefence Expenditures, Arms Procurement & Corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa. (No. 121, 2009) PART II: GLOBAL SECURITY GOVERNANCESomalia: 'They Created a Desert & Called it Peace(building'). (No. 120, 2009) - Ken MenkhausThe Burundi Peace Negotiations: An African Experience of Peace-Making. (No. 112, 2007) PART III: CULTURES OF CONFLICT & INSECURITY - Patricia DaleyBlair's Africa: The Politics of Securitization & Fear. (Alternatives 30, 2005) - Rita AbrahamsenAbductions, Kidnappings & Killings in the Sahel and Sahara. (No. 38, 2011) SECTION 3: CULTURES OF CONFLICT& INSECURITY - Franklin Charles Graham IVThe Political Economy of Sacrifice: Kinois & the State. (No. 93/94, 2002) - Theodore TrefonA City under Siege: Banditry & Modes of Accumulation in Nairobi, 1991-2004. (No. 106, 2005) - Musambayi KatumangaCôte d'Ivoire: Patriotism, Ethnonationalism & other African Modes of Self-writing. (African Affairs 2006, 105 (421): 535-52) - Richard BanegasBeyond Civil Society: Child Soldiers as Citizens in Mozambique. (No. 80, 1999) - Carol B. Thompson

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