This book examines issues of strategic access and resources, superpower and regional conflict, economic growth and internal stability, and the role of African nations as a significant bloc within the nonaligned world in light of three concepts: sovereignty, stability, and solidarity.
Introduction Part 1: Security Issues in an African Context 1. Security Problems: An African Predicament Part 2: Sovereignty 2. The Soviet Union and Superpower Rivalry in Africa 3. Africa and the West: The French Connection 4. Brazil-Africa Relations: Third World Alternatives for Development and Security 5. A Giant Staggers: Nigeria as an Emerging Regional Power Part 3: Stability 6. Social Incoherence and the Mediatory Role of the State 7. Emerging Patterns of Civil-Military Relations in Africa: Radical Coups d'Etat and Political Stability 8. Security and Stability Implications of Ethnicity and Religious Factors Part 4: Solidarity 9. Cooperation Among African States 10. Playing the Arab Card: Niger and Chad's Ambivalent Relations with Libya 11. South African Liberation: Touchstone of African Solidarity Part 5: Security Issues from an African Perspective 12. National Security: An African Perspective