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West Africa and the U.S. War on Terror

Edited by George Klay Kieh, Kelechi Kalu

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208 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Since the terrorist attacks on the American homeland on September 11, 2001, fighting the menace has become the frontier issue on the U.S.’ national security agenda. In the case of the African Continent, the United States has, and continues to accord major attention to the West African sub-region.

This book :

  • Evaluates where we can place West Africa within the broader crucible of the U.S. war on terrorism
  • Establishes the key elements of the U.S.’ counter-terrorism policy in West Africa?
  • Examines the U.S. counter-terrorism strategies in West Africa, and evaluates if they are being pursued both at the bilateral and multilateral levels in the region
  • Interrogates the relationship between stability in the sub-region and the waging of the U.S.’ war on terrorism.


Specifically, the book examines the crises of underdevelopment—cultural, economic, environmental, political, security and social—in the sub-region, especially their impact on shaping the conditions that provide the taproots of terrorism. Clearly, addressing these multidimensional crises of underdevelopment is pivotal to the success of the U.S. war on terrorism in the sub-region.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of terrorism, homeland security, African Studies, conflict management, and political violence.

Table of Contents

PART I: BACKGROUND 1 Introduction: The U.S’. War on Terrorism George Klay Kieh, Jr. and Kelechi Kalu 2 Sub-Saharan Africa as Another Front of the U.S.’ Global War on Terror Dean Minix and Vinton Prince PART II: THE U.S.’ THREAT PERCEPTION 3 The U.S’. War on Terrorism and the Dynamics of Threat Perception in West Africa Pita Ogaba Agbese 4 The Crisis in Nigeria’s Niger Delta Region: The Implications for the U.S. War on Terror in West Africa Idowu Ejere PART III: THE U.S’. COUNTER-TERRORISM POLICY AND STRATEGIES 5 Global Terrorism and U.S. Counter-terrorism Policy in West Africa Russell Howard 6 The U.S. Trans-Saharan Counter-Terrorism Partnership: An Evaluation Julius N’yangoro and Andrea Walthers 7 The Mauritanian Military and the U.S’. War on Terror Boubacar N’Diaye 8 Good Governance, West African Regional Security and the U.S.’ War on Terror George Klay Kieh, Jr. PART IV: THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE U.S. WAR ON TERRORISM FOR WEST AFRICA 9 The U.S.’ War on Terrorism and Civil-Military Relations in West Africa Sylvester Odion-Akhaine PART V: THE PROSPECTS AND LESSONS 10 The West African Stability Architecture and the U.S’. War on Terror: A New Vision Zakaria Ousman 11 West Africa and the US War on Terrorism: The Lessons Kelechi Kalu

About the Editors

Kelechi Kalu is Director at the Center for African Studies and Professor of African and African American Studies at Ohio State University, U.S.

George Kieh is Professor of Political Science at the University of West Georgia, U.S.

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