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Africa and the International System

Africa and the International System
The Politics of State Survival

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521576680

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  • African independence launched into international politics a group of the world's poorest, weakest and most artificial states. How have such states managed to survive? To what extent is their survival now threatened? Christopher Clapham shows how an initially supportive international environment has become increasingly threatening to African rulers and the states over which they preside. The author reveals how international conventions designed to uphold state sovereignty have often been appropriated and subverted by rulers to enhance their domestic control, and how African states have been undermined by guerrilla insurgencies and the use of international relations to serve essentially private ends.

    • A critical, comprehensive analysis of Africa's international relations
    • An account of the issues facing Africa in the post-Cold War world regarding state survival, and the reasons for tragedies in Rwanda, Nigeria, etc.
    • Also provides an interesting analysis of the state in international relations generally
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This important book proposes a major overhaul of the conventional framework for analyzing international relations in Africa." Gail M. Gerhart, Foreign Affairs

    "...Clapham's volume is solid, sweeping, and thoughtful. Strongly recommended for larger university libraries and other collections specializing in African or Third World studies, comparative politics, and international affairs." J.P. Smaldone, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521576680
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 145 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of acronyms and abbreviations
    Part I. African States and Global Politics:
    1. Fragile states and the international system
    2. The creation of an African international order
    3. Domestic statehood and foreign policy
    Part II. Patterns of Alliance:
    4. The foreign policies of post-colonialism
    5. The politics of solidarity
    6. The resort to the superpowers
    Part III. Struggling with Decay:
    7. The international politics of economic failure
    8. The externalisation of political accountability
    9. The international politics of insurgency
    10. The privatisation of diplomacy
    11. Conclusion

  • Author

    Christopher Clapham, Lancaster University

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