New Security Threats and Crises in Africa: Regional and International Perspectives

New Security Threats and Crises in Africa: Regional and International Perspectives

by J. Mangala (Editor)


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Since-the end of the Cold War, the concept of national security has been widened to include a range of non-military threats to the security of the state. This book explores the underlying tensions between a state-centric concept of security and the concept of human security with respect to a number of new security threats. The exigencies arising from population displacement, terrorism, disease, food insecurity, and the impact of climate change all give particular resonance to the evolving security discourse. The contributions gathered here undertake a thorough interdisciplinary investigation of the tensions between state security and human security in the search for solutions to African crises by the international community and regional actors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230107960
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 01/19/2011
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jack Mangala is an Associate Professor of Political Science and African and African American Studies at Grand Valley State University, where he also serves both as the Director of the African and African American Studies Program and the Director of the Area Studies Center in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. He is co-author of Assessing George W. Bush’s Policies toward Africa: Proposals for the New U.S. President and African Leaders.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figure vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

List of Contributors xiii

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xvii

Introduction: Evolving Security Discourse and Crises in Africa: Conceptual, Policy, and Practical Relevance Jack Mangala 1

Part I New Security Threats: African and International Perspectives

1 The African Union and Security in Africa Jamila El Abdellaoui 19

2 Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: From Humanitarian to Security Paradigm Jack Mangala 39

3 Africa's Responses to International Terrorism and the War against It Abdul Karim Bangura Billie D. Tate 59

4 Climate Change and the Risk of Conflict in Africa Oli Brown Alec Crawford 87

5 Securing Africa's Food Security: Current Constraints and Future Options Daniel D. Karanja 111

6 Confronting Africa's Health Challenges Jeremy Youde 129

Part II The International Community and African Crises

7 Darfur and the International Community: Self-determination, State building, and "The Responsibility to Protect" M.A. Mohamed Salih 149

8 The International Community and Congo's Recent Crises John F. Clark 171

9 International Organizations and Civil Wars in Africa: The Liberian Case George Klay Kieh, Jr. 191

10 International Actors and Côte d'Ivoire's Political and Economic Crises Abdul Karim Bangura 213

11 A Crisis with an Origin: Proposing a Framework for Local and International Engagement in Zimbabwe Mambo G. Mupepi 247

Index 273

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