African Security Politics Redefined

African Security Politics Redefined

by Karin Dokken
     
 

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By the end of the Cold War African countries lost most of their strategic importance to the super powers. For a number of years the African continent seemed to be of no significance to the security political considerations of the Western hemisphere. After September 11, 2001 international security has again been redefined and new challenges have been identified.

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By the end of the Cold War African countries lost most of their strategic importance to the super powers. For a number of years the African continent seemed to be of no significance to the security political considerations of the Western hemisphere. After September 11, 2001 international security has again been redefined and new challenges have been identified. Africa-more than anywhere else-is the avatar of the new security challenges. The redefinition of African security is the main subject of the book. The book is divided into two main sections where the first part defines African security in relation to the characteristics of the African state and the regionalization of violent conflicts in Africa. The second part presents and analyses the regional, continental, and international responses to the challenges identified in part one.

About the Author:
Karin Dokken is an associate professor in international politics at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, focusing on West African international integration

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"African Security Politics Redefined" makes an important contribution to the study of National Security, in general, and to the study of Africa, in particular. Using Africa as the backdrop, Dokken challenges the classical assumptions we use to understand and explain war and security. The weak state itself, rather than the classical assumption of one strong state threatening a neighbor, must be understood as the central security issue in Africa. This volume takes the facts on the ground to help rebuild our theoretical approach to Africa security, an essential task for understanding post-Cold War international security. Then, unlike most volumes dealing with theoretical or analytical categories, it leads to on-the-ground solutions for Africa's growing security challenges." - James J. Hentz, Professor and Chair of the Department of International Studies, Virginia Military Institute

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230264502
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/27/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
778 KB

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Karin Dokken is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo.

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