Africa has been and currently is the site of numerous conflicts and crises. Authors previously wrote of these as specifically African problems or the problems of Europeans in Africa, but newer scholarship on other aspects of Africa has come to stress the interconnectness of Africa and the wider world. Still, it has often been limited to studies of isolated instances within African countries, with little-to-no connection to greater patterns of international power and violence. This volume explores the historical and present local and international dimensions of the myriad security crises in Africa, from the role of international relations during liberation to multination efforts against piracy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Changing Conception of African Security Charles Thomas Section One: Historical Interventions, the Local to the Global 1. The External Military Operations of Southern Rhodesia and Zimbabwe (1895-2005) Timothy Stapleton 2. Afrikaner Influence on the IRA and SOE Aaron Linderman 3. Fear and Money: The Strategic Propaganda Conflict During the Zimbabwean War for Liberation Blake Whitaker Section Two: Historical Interventions, the Global to the Local 4. Sub-Saharan Africa, a Key Issue for France in the Cold War Aurélien Poilbout 5. A Question of Stability: The International Response to Portuguese Imperialism in the 1960s R. Joseph Parrot 6. Cuba and South Africa: Regionalism and Internationalism, Ideology and Conflict in Southern Africa During the Cold War Cranston Knight Section Three: Current and Ongoing Crises in Africa 7. Kidnapping: The Terror of the 21st Century? Lessons from Southeastern Nigeria Joseph Eberechukwu Akonye 8. A New Tool for the Toolbox: A Historiographical Essay on Twenty Years of Environmental History and Why It Matters to Soldiers John Ringquist 9. Kidnapping Business and Penalties for Kidnapping as a Part of Niger Delta Conflict Raimonda Iskauakaite 10. Insecurity in the Troubled Seas: The US and Kenya Face Terrorism in Eastern Africa Hannington Ochwada Section Four: The International Dimension of Current African Security 11. Africa and AFRICOM: United States Security Interests in Africa Chris Agoha 12. The Legality of ECOWAS Intervention in Peace Support in Terms of the UN Charter Kevwe Omoragbon 13. Securing Peace in Burundi: External Interventions to End the Civil War, 1993-2006 Josiah Marineau
Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Charles Thomas is currently an Assistant Professor with the History Department at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also serves as a Research Associate with the USMA Network Science Center.