Africa-US Relations: Strategic Encounters
Editors: Edmond J. Keller (Professor and Chair of Political Science, UCLA) and Donald Rothchild
Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009
Reflecting the debate between state-centered and human-security approaches to security strategy, Africa-US Relations explores the interactions between the US and African countries in a wide spectrum of key arenas.
The authors range from such traditional security issues as peacekeeping and terrorism to concerns with HIV/AIDS, environmental degradation, aid policies, and international trade. Their contributions place in sharp relief the differences in inner logic and preferred consequences among alternative strategic perspectives—as well as the implications of those differences for policy choices.
"An excellent introduction to the complex relationship between the United States and the African subcontinent at the beginning of the twenty-first century."—Nicolas van de Walle, Foreign Affairs
"Presenting two competing paradigms of security in Africa, the authors offer a valuable analysis of how the war on terror has introduced a new sense of urgency into US Africa relations, and of the security implications of such issues as aid, debt, peacekeeping, HIV/AIDS, and oil."—Robert Mortimer, Haverford College
"An important and needed volume.... The authors provide access both to the tormented past and the conflicted present of US Africa relations."—Ricardo René Larémont, Binghamton University, SUNY