Beyond humanitarianism : what you need to know about Africa and why it matters /
edited by Princeton N. Lyman and Patricia Dorff.
New York : Council on Foreign Relations/Foreign Affairs, c2007.
xv, 252 p. : map ; 23 cm.
0876093713, 9780876093719
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New York : Council on Foreign Relations/Foreign Affairs, c2007.
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U.S. interest in democracy and human rights promotion / excerpted from an independent task force report -- China ups the ante in Africa / Princeton N. Lyman -- Toward an Angola strategy : prioritizing U.S.-Angola relations / excerpted from an independent commission report from the Center for Preventive Action -- Nigeria : elections and continuing challenges / Robert I. Rotberg -- South Africa in retrospect / Princeton N. Lyman -- Africa's restless youth / Michelle D. Gavin -- Zimbabwe : the limits of influence / Princeton N. Lyman -- Darfur and beyond : what is needed to prevent mass atrocities / Lee Feinstein -- Somalia's terrorist infestation / Eben Kaplan -- Avoiding conflict in the Horn of Africa : U.S. policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea / Terrence Lyons -- Blowing the Horn / John Prendergast and Colin Thomas-Jensen -- How to rebuild Africa / Stephen Ellis -- Strengthening African leadership / Robert I. Rotberg -- The challenge of global health / Laurie Garrett -- It was the year for Africa, but we missed the point / excerpted from an independent task force report.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-09-15:
Africa now produces as much oil for the United States as the Middle East, and it's set to provide even more oil for significant countries like China. Those who continue to regard Africa as simply a continent with an extremely poor and AIDS-infected population will miss its larger importance as a global player in the coming years. As Washington begins to take notice of Africa's rising importance on the world stage, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an independent national think tank, posits that a more nuanced understanding of the region's politics can help us see what is at stake for both America's and Africa's future. Recent work by the council's task force, summarized here by Lyman (adjunct senior fellow for Africa policy studies, CFR) and Dorff (director, CFR publishing), defines different issues in the region and recommends U.S. policies that would spur economic growth and encourage democracy. This is a good introduction to the serious issues currently facing Africa, including the growing ranks of unemployed youth, violence against Muslims, Robert Mugabe's politics in Zimbabwe, and China's interests and involvement in Darfur. Suitable for academic and large public libraries.-April Younglove, Linfield Coll. Lib., Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Review Quotes
"Africa is on the agenda for foreign policymakers dealing with trade, terrorism, new democracies, failing states, global health, and, not least, geopolitics. Yet deep knowledge about Africa outside the development and humanitarian communities is sparse. BEYOND HUMANITARIANISM is the perfect antidote--a remarkable and crisply organized collection of essays on the full range of challenges that confront Africa and the world. Highly recommended!" --Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University
"As this volume makes apparent, the United States has compelling security, economic, and political interests throughout Africa; the challenge now is pursuing these interests with sustained, strategic support that bolsters African-led initiatives to promote governance, stability, equality, and prosperity across the continent." --Russell D. Feingold, U.S. Senate
"BEYOND HUMANITARIANISM is one of the most important compilations of works on today's Africa--a continent whose great strides towards positively reinventing itself are largely unknown in the West. It is a timely work that captures the continent's ongoing struggles, but also its ever-increasing victories, and it lays out plausible solutions that could make a huge difference in Africa's efforts to join the Family of Nations as a fully functioning member. I hope it gets the widest possible readership, particularly in America, where all too often the continent is seen solely through the prism of the four ds--death, disease, disaster, and despair. A book like this is needed to help Americans understand why a healthy Africa matters and to foster the kind of international cooperation needed to help change negative perceptions, as well as the realities that feed them--for all our sakes." --Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Johannesburg Bureau Chief for CNN
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Long Description
The world's foremost institution on international affairs is proud to present a citizen's guide to Africa--a book that deconstructs the continenet's complex issues and conflicts, as well as clarifies what's at stake for the United States in Africa's future. BEYOND HUMANITARIANISM--MORE THAN_AIDS AND WAR: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AFRICA AND WHY IT MATTERS is a primer about the issues that are in the news as well as those that are not. Drawing on articles from "Foreign Affairs," the Council's reports published by the Council, this book is an essential guide to debates about the future of the continent and the U.S.-Africa relationship. In addition to an insightful introduction by one of the world's leading experts on Africa, Council Senior Fellow Princeton Lyman, a former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and Nigeria, this volume includes an excerpt from the Council's 2006 Independent Task Force report on Africa that, according to the U.S. Department of State, "raised the profile of Africa among policymakers." For anyone interested in learning more on why and how Africa matters, BEYOND HUMANITARIANISM is a must-read.
Main Description
Currently, 15 percent of U.S. oil imports come from Africa -as much as from the Middle East-and the continent is poised to double its output over the coming decade. It has become the focus of attention from countries like China, which now imports more oil from Angola than from Saudi Arabia. In addition, Africa is rising in importance in trade, international security, democracy promotion, and efforts to tackle worldwide concerns about global health and poverty. The Council on Foreign Relations and Foreign Affairs present Beyond Humanitarianism, a compilation of recent work on Africa. This citizen's guide to the complex issues and conflicts on the continent clarifies what's at stake in Africa's future. It addresses underlying trends-such as the growth of democracy, the rising activity of China, and the political and economic prospects for the countries of Africa, as well as regional conflicts and terrorist threats there-and provides an absorbing look at Africa's emergence as a strategic player. Book jacket.
Main Description
From Mugabe's Zimbabwe to conflict in the Horn, Africa has moved off the back burner of U.S. foreign policy. In 2006 the Council on Foreign Relations published a Task Force report that, according to the U.S. Department of State, "raised the profile of Africa among policymakers." Now the Council and Foreign Affairs, its signature journal, bring us Beyond Humanitarianism, a citizen's guide to deconstructing the complex issues and conflicts on the African continent and clarifying what's at stake for the United States in Africa's future. Drawing on articles from Foreign Affairs and the Council's website,, as well as the Task Force report itself, Beyond Humanitarianism serves as a primer on the issues that are in the news --as well as those that are not. It also provides an excellent introduction to debates about the future of the continent and the U.S.--Africa relationship.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Map of Africap. xv
Under the Radar
U.S. Interest in Democracy and Human Rights Promotionp. 5
China Ups the Ante in Africap. 19
Toward an Angola Strategy: Prioritizing U.S.-Angola Relationsp. 23
Nigeria: Elections and Continuing Challengesp. 29
South Africa in Retrospectp. 45
Africa's Restless Youthp. 69
Trouble Spots
Zimbabwe: The Limits of Influencep. 89
Darfur and Beyond: What Is Needed to Prevent Mass Atrocitiesp. 100
Somalia's Terrorist Infestationp. 113
Avoiding Conflict in the Horn of Africa: U.S. Policy Toward Ethiopia and Eritreap. 118
Blowing the Hornp. 132
Next Steps: Ideas for the Present and Future of Africa
How to Rebuild Africap. 151
Strengthening African Leadershipp. 165
The Challenge of Global Healthp. 171
Our Role: What the United States Can Do
It was the Year for Africa, But We Missed the Pointp. 199
Endnotesp. 225
Additional Resourcesp. 229
About the Contributorsp. 231
Acknowledgmentsp. 235
Indexp. 237
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