African crisis areas and U.S. foreign policy /
edited by Gerald J. Bender, James S. Coleman, Richard L. Sklar.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985.
xiv, 373 p. : maps
0520055489 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985.
0520055489 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-03:
Twenty-one leading experts on Africa collaborated in this volume of 18 brief, informative essays. Defining crisis as ``a situation of acute tension and/or armed conflict generated and precipitated by local indigenous factors, interacting with external influences, which threaten to engage...the involvement of the United States and the Soviet Union either directly, or indirectly through their surrogates,'' the authors show how internal African conflicts have become internationalized within the bipolar Cold War arena. Few scholars consider this context healthy for good policy analysis or execution; preoccupation with East-West tensions has undermined effective American dealing with Africa. The global perspective almost invariably has overridden the regional perspective. Nearly half the book is devoted to Southern Africa; detailed attention is also given to the Horn, Zaire, Chad, and the Western Sahara. This volume, by a ``who's who of Africanists,'' is highly recommended for a sobering contemporary view of foreign policy often gone wrong. African Crisis Areas effectively unites a scholarly perspective with contemporary reporting. Maps, tables, index, acronyms, and a brief bibliography for each chapter enhance the volume's usefulness. All undergraduates as well as general readers.-C.E. Welch, SUNY at Buffalo
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