Beyond Humanitarianism

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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What People Are Saying

Anne-Marie Slaughter
"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, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University)
Charlayne Hunter-Gault
"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)
Russell D. Feingold
"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. Senator)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876093719
  • Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations
  • Publication date: 9/14/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 0.57 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Princeton N. Lyman is the adjunct senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Patricia Dorff is director of publications at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Richard N. Haass     vii
Introduction   Princeton N. Lyman     ix
Map of Africa     xv
Under the Radar
U.S. Interest in Democracy and Human Rights Promotion$dAn Independent Task Force Report     5
China Ups the Ante in Africa   Princeton N. Lyman     19
Toward an Angola Strategy: Prioritizing U.S.-Angola Relations$dAn Independent Commission Report from the Center for Preventive Action     23
Nigeria: Elections and Continuing Challenges   Robert I. Rotberg     29
South Africa in Retrospect   Princeton N. Lyman     45
Africa's Restless Youth   Michelle D. Gavin     69
Trouble Spots
Zimbabwe: The Limits of Influence   Princeton N. Lyman     89
Darfur and Beyond: What Is Needed to Prevent Mass Atrocities   Lee Feinstein     100
Somalia's Terrorist Infestation   Eben Kaplan     113
Avoiding Conflict in the Horn of Africa: U.S. Policy Toward Ethiopia and Eritrea   Terrence Lyons     118
Blowing the Horn   John Prendergast   Colin Thomas-Jensen     132
Next Steps: Ideas for the Present and Future of Africa
How to Rebuild Africa   Stephen Ellis     151
StrengtheningAfrican Leadership   Robert I. Rotberg     165
The Challenge of Global Health   Laurie Garrett     171
Our Role: What the United States Can Do
It was the Year for Africa, But We Missed the Point$dAn Independent Task Force Report     199
Endnotes     225
Additional Resources     229
About the Contributors     231
Acknowledgments     235
Index     237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    A Must-read 'Citizen's Guide' to Africa

    This is a fascinating compilation of pieces from an exceptional group of experts about a wide array of regions and issues facing the African continent. Anyone who is interested in learning about the complexities of African life beyond Darfur and the AIDS epidemic should read this book. It's laid out beautifully and in comprehensive sections, each with a variety of essays exploring topics from South Africa to Nigeria, from the youth bulge to terrorism. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a more in-depth look at Africa than can be found in the daily headlines.

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