In The Skull Beneath the Skin: Africa After the Cold War award-winning journalist Mark Huband argues that foreign involvement in Africa - whether by colonialists, financial donors, armies, political reformers, or Cold War protagonists - has been the single most destructive element in the continent's history. He argues that the catastrophes that have erupted since the end of the Cold War are a legacy of that long foreign involvement, and that stability will be achieved on the continent only if African countries are left to find their own solutions to the problems they face. The end of the Cold War may now offer the opportunity for Africa to achieve the independence it never really achieved when the European powers departed from their former colonies.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments, Prologue, Part One Empty Promises, Sell the Silver, Steal the Gold: Mobutu and Zaire, The Skull Beneath the Skin: Angola and the Cold War, Great Game, Dirty Game: The United States and Liberia, Part Two The Time of the Soldier, Whispers and Screams: Tribes and Armies in Burundi, A City on the Lake: The Creation of Hutu and Tutsi, Juggling the Juntas: Zaire, Nigeria, and Military Rule, The Deadly Harvest: Liberia At War, Part Three Blood of the Ancestors, Myths, Chiefs, and Churches: Rwanda, Genocide, The Spit of the Toad: Zaire, Kenya, and the Abuse of Tradition, Part Four New World, Old Order, "Rogue" States and Radicals: The United States and Sudan, The Mogadishu Line: The United Nations and Somalia, France, Africa, and a Place Called Fashoda, Epilogue: The Center Cannot Hold, Notes, Bibliography, Index
MARK HUBAND has reported from Africa and the Middle East for the past 12 years. His books include Warriors of the Prophet: The Struggle for Islam (Westview 1998). He is now security correspondent for the Financial Times (London).