1st Edition

US Foreign Policy and the Horn of Africa

ISBN 9780754635802
Published January 28, 2006 by Routledge
192 Pages

USD $180.00

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Book Description

Examining US involvement in the Horn of Africa, this volume addresses the relationship between the US and the Islamic movement in this region. Peter Woodward explores the interests of the United States in the region through two cases: Sudan and Somalia. He also discusses the effects of the Eritrean-Ethiopian war on US policy and posture in the region, along with the effects of other regional wars. The book looks at the relationship between US perceptions of Islamism and brings a unique perspective to the ongoing debate over US policy in the Islamic world. It will be of interest to those working in or researching foreign policy, as well as peace, security and conflict issues.



Peter Woodward is Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Reading, UK.


'Peter Woodward's book is a must read for anyone interested in US relations with Africa. He expertly weaves together the US decision making process with American interests and policy challenges in the five countries of the Horn of Africa. His analysis of US policy towards the region is timely and fresh.' David Shinn, George Washington University, USA and former US Ambassador to Ethiopia 'With this volume, Peter Woodward enhances his reputation as a perceptive and scholarly expert on the complex politics of the Horn of Africa. He ably demonstrates the role of US policy in the region, providing a valuable and topical analysis of considerable interest to students, scholars and practitioners alike.' J.E. Spence OBE, King's College London, UK '...a timely study of a complex region...' African Business ’...a timely and balanced discussion...offers a current and comprehensive look at American foreign policy...Excellent bibliography and index...Recommended.’ Choice 'Peter Woodward has written and excellent book that will be of great interest to Horn of African scholars, and specialists on US foreign policy towards African and the Middle East...a must read for both African and Middle East studies specialists.' Modern African Studies 'With the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and Ethiopia's recent military involvement in the Somalia conflict in the forefront of international news, Peter Woodward's book is a timely examination of the origins of these dilemmas in this troubled region...Woodward delivers an intelligibly comprehensive resource for students of international relations interested in this region or the effects of the Cold War on developing countries.' Political Studies Review '...an excellent contribution to the scholarly debte on current US foreign policy and its relationship to Islamism...This book is a distinguished reference work that will be of interest to a wide range of academics and students with an interest in the Horn of Africa and the Middle