Anatomy of An African Tragedy: Political, Economic and Foreign Policy crisis in Post-Indepence Eritrea

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This timely and unique book is an analytical study of post-liberation Eritrea. The work offers an extraordinary account of the events and developments that have taken place in the country’s politics, economy and foreign relations and of the things that have gone wrong since independence. By focusing on the economy, constitutional development or lack thereof, and foreign relations, the book illuminates objectively the internal and external difficulties and constraints the country faced in building a democratic society, viable economy, and sustainable foreign policy after liberation. Mengisteab and Yohannes insightfully demonstrate the structural and historical conditions and leadership patterns that account for the striking similarities between post-colonial Eritrea and post-colonial African states. The book makes an enormous contribution not only to the study of contemporary Eritrea but also to the comparative study of African politics and government. Since there is no work to date that treats the economy, politics and diplomacy of Eritrea from a comparative perspective, this timely book will go a long way in closing the gap in our understanding of post-liberation Eritrea, and the post-colonial African state as well.

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Kidane Mengisteab is Professor of African Studies and Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. His current research interests include globalization and its implications on Africa’s development, Africa’s democratization in the era of globalization, and relevance of Africa’s traditional institutions on conflict resolution and institution building in contemporary Africa. His earlier work includes Ethiopia: Failure of Land Reform and Agricultural Crisis; Globalization and Autocentricity in Africa’s Development in the 21st Century; State Building and Democratization in Africa: Faith, Hope and Realities, (co-ed); Globalization and the Dilemmas of the State in the South, (co-ed); and Beyond Economic Liberalization in Africa: Structural Adjustment and the Alternatives, (co-ed). Okbazghi Yohannes, Professor of International Studies is a reader at the University of Louisville in international relations, international political economy, politics of the Middle East and Africa. Yohannes joined the University of Louisville in 1990 after teaching at Grambling State University for several years. He earned his doctoral degree in international studies from the University of Denver, and he holds a masters degree in business management from U.S. International University. Yohannes' research interest parallels the disciplines he covers in his course offerings. He has written three books and a number of articles on various topics. Presently he is conducting research into the political economy of Thailand.

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