The Roots of African Conflicts

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-03-18
  • Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr
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Violent conflicts have exacted a heavy toll on Africars"s societies, polities, and economies. This book presents African scholarsrs" views of why conflicts start in their continent. The causes of conflict are too often examined by scholars from the countries that run the proxy wars and sell the arms to fuel them. This volume offers theoretically sophisticated, empirically grounded, and compelling analyses of the roots of African conflicts.

Author Biography

Dr. Alfred G. Nhema is the executive secretary of OSSREA, the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa, Addis Ababa. He is the author of Democracy in Zimbabwe: From Liberation to Liberalization. He is also editor of The Quest for Peace in Africa: Transformations, Democracy and Public Policy . He is also the co-editor of The Resolution of African Conflicts.

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is Head of the Department of African American Studies, Professor of African American Studies and History and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was elected Vice-President of the (U.S.) African Studies Association for 2007-2008 and will serve as President in 2008-2009.  He has authored or edited more than two dozen books including most recently The Resolution of African Conflicts; The Study of Africa; and African Universities in the Twenty-First Century.

Table of Contents

List of Tables & Figuresp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
List of Acronymsp. xii
Introduction: The Causes & Costs of War in Africa: From Liberation Struggles to the 'War on Terror'p. 1
Prologue: Conflict in Africa: An Overviewp. 36
When States Implode: Africa's Civil Wars 1950-92p. 51
Multiple Complexity & Prospects for Reconciliation & Unity: The Sudan Conundrump. 71
'You Don't Belong Here' Citizenship, the State & Africa's Conflicts: Reflections on Ivory Coastp. 88
The Terrible Toll of Postcolonial Rebel Movements: Towards an Explanation of the Violence against the Peasantryp. 106
Fanon & the African Woman Combatant: Updating Fanon's Psychological Perspectives on Anti-Colonial & Postcolonial Warsp. 136
Fighting Locally, Connecting Globally: Inside & Outside Dimensions of African Conflictp. 166
Legislative Responses to Terrorism & the Protection of Human Rights: A Survey of Selected African Practicep. 181
Conflicts & Implications for Poverty & Food Security Policies in Africap. 199
Two Africas? Two Ugandas?: An African 'Democratic Developmental State'? or another 'Failed State'?p. 214
Indexp. 239
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