Foreign Intervention in Africa after the Cold War (Paperback)

Sovereignty, Responsibility, and the War on Terror (Ohio RIS Global Series)

By Elizabeth Schmidt

Ohio University Press, 9780896803213, 472pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2018

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In Foreign Intervention in Africa after the Cold War—interdisciplinary in approach and intended for nonspecialists—Elizabeth Schmidt provides a new framework for thinking about foreign political and military intervention in Africa, its purposes, and its consequences. She focuses on the quarter century following the Cold War (1991–2017), when neighboring states and subregional, regional, and global organizations and networks joined extracontinental powers in support of diverse forces in the war-making and peace-building processes. During this period, two rationales were used to justify intervention: a response to instability, with the corollary of responsibility to protect, and the war on terror.

Often overlooked in discussions of poverty and violence in Africa is the fact that many of the challenges facing the continent today are rooted in colonial political and economic practices, in Cold War alliances, and in attempts by outsiders to influence African political and economic systems during the decolonization and postindependence periods. Although conflicts in Africa emerged from local issues, external political and military interventions altered their dynamics and rendered them more lethal. Foreign Intervention in Africa after the Cold War counters oversimplification and distortions and offers a new continentwide perspective, illuminated by trenchant case studies.

About the Author

Elizabeth Schmidt is a professor of history at Loyola University Maryland. Her previous books include Foreign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror; Cold War and Decolonization in Guinea, 1946–1958; Mobilizing the Masses: Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in the Nationalist Movement in Guinea, 1939–1958; Peasants, Traders, and Wives: Shona Women in the History of Zimbabwe, 1870–1939; and Decoding Corporate Camouflage: U.S. Business Support for Apartheid.

Praise For Foreign Intervention in Africa after the Cold War: Sovereignty, Responsibility, and the War on Terror (Ohio RIS Global Series)

“A timely analysis …. [The book] is a must-read and will prove quite valuable in providing readers with deeper knowledge to question faulty logic and oversimplified solutions.…Schmidt presents an articulate, meticulous, yet easily comprehensible book that keeps her readers engaged. Summing up: Essential.”—CHOICE

Foreign Intervention in Africa after the Cold War, by one of the leading Africanists in the United States, is richly detailed and beautifully organized. The bibliographical essays at the end of each chapter make it especially helpful to students. This is a fine study that is ideal for classroom use.”—Allen F. Isaacman, author (with Barbara S. Isaacman) of Dams, Displacement, and Delusions of Development