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Routledge Handbook of African Security

Edited by: James J. Hentz

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415682145
eBook ISBN: 9780203682142
Adobe ISBN: 9781135082116

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This new Handbook examines the issues, challenges, and debates surrounding the problem of security in Africa.

Africa is home to most of the world's current conflicts, and security is a key issue. However, African security can only be understood by employing different levels of analysis: the individual (human security), the state (national/state security), and the region (regional/international security). Each of these levels provides analytical tools for understanding what could be called the "African security predicament" and these debates are animated by the "new security" issues: immigration, small arms transfers, gangs and domestic crime, HIV/AIDS, transnational crime, poverty, and environmental degradation. African security therefore not only presents concrete challenges for international security but provides a real-world context for challenging conventional conceptions of security.

Drawing together contributions from a wide range of key thinkers in the field, the Routledge Handbook of African Security engages with these debates, and is organized into four parts:

  • Part I: The African security predicament in the twenty-first century;
  • Part II: Understanding conflict in Africa;
  • Part III: Regionalism and Africa;
  • Part IV: External influences.

This Handbook will be of great interest to students of African politics, human security, global security, war and conflict studies, peacebuilding, and IR in general.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The African Security Predicament Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Conflict and war in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Human Security Versus National Security in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  6:  States, Boundaries, and Regional Collapse in Sub-Saharan Africa Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Peacekeeping in Africa after the Cold War Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Understanding African Guerrillas Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Resources And Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The State System and Africa's Permanent Instability Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Security Sector Reform in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Humanitarian Aid and Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Separatism in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Gendered Subject of Violence in African Conflicts Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Environment and Conflict in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Regionalism in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The African Union and African Security Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Ecowas-AU Security Relations Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and South Africa Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Igad and Regional Security in the Horn Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Regional SecurityCooperation in Central Africa Download PDF
Chapter  22:  China'S Role in African Security Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Comprehensive Security Versus Competing Interests Download PDF
Chapter  24:  U.S. Security Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa After the Cold War Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The United Nations and African Security Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Afro—Arab Security Nexus Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Still “Getting Away with It” Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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