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Curse of Berlin: Africa After the Cold War (Hardback)

Adekeye Adebajo

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ISBN 10: 1849040958 / ISBN 13: 9781849040952
Published by C Hurst Co Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom, 2010
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Language: N/A. Brand New Book. At the 1884-1885 Conference of Berlin a cartel of largely European states effectively set the rules for the partition of Africa, an event whose historical and structural importance continues to affect and shape Africa s contemporary international relations. This Curse is a recurring theme in Adebajo s trenchant historical analysis, even though its main focus is on contemporary African issues after the Cold War. The first part of the book examines Africa s quest for security with three essays on Africa s security institutions such as the African Union and sub-regional bodies; another on the political, peacekeeping, and socio-economic roles of the United Nations (UN) in Africa; and a third on Africa s two UN Secretaries-General between 1992 and 2006: Egypt s Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Ghana s Kofi Annan. The second section of the book focuses on Africa s quest for leadership, and five chapters examine the hegemonic roles of South Africa, Nigeria, the United States, China and France on the continent. The five chapters in the final section of the study analyse Africa s quest for unity, and examine the roles and significance for Africa of six historical figures: Mandela, Mbeki, Kwame Cecil Rhodes, Obama, and Gandhi; as well as assessing the African Union and the EU in comparative perspective. Bookseller Inventory # AA79781849040952

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Title: Curse of Berlin: Africa After the Cold War (...

Publisher: C Hurst Co Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:New

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At the 1884-1885 Conference of Berlin, a collection of states, mostly European, established the rules for the partition of Africa. The consequences of their decision had immense historical and structural implications apparent in the domestic and international behavior of the continent today. The "Curse," as the conference came to be called, is the grounding theme of Adekeye Adebajo's trenchant study, though his guiding focus is the development of Africa after the Cold War.

Adebajo opens with Africa's quest for security, featuring essays on the continent's political institutions, such as the African Union and subregional bodies. He follows with chapters on the United Nations and its operations in Africa, particularly its political, peacekeeping, and socioeconomic missions. Adebajo includes two rare profiles of the secretary generals who worked with the UN from 1992 to 2006: Egypt's Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Ghana's Kofi Annan. Africa's pursuit of representative leadership informs the next section, with essays examining the hegemonic influence of South Africa, Nigeria, China, France, and the United States. Concluding chapters discuss Africa's search for unity, exploring the direct and indirect impact of Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kwame Nkrumah, Cecil Rhodes, Barack Obama, and Mahatma Gandhi. Adebajo also conducts a comparative assessment of the African and European Unions.

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Adekeye Adebajo is executive director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa. A former Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, he has served as director of the Africa program of the New York-based International Peace Academy and has accompanied UN missions to South Africa, Western Sahara, and Iraq. He is the author of Building Peace in West Africa: Liberia's Civil War and coeditor of Managing Armed Conflicts in the Twenty-First Century; West Africa's Security Challenges; A Dialogue of the Deaf: Essays on Africa and the United Nations; South Africa in Africa; and From Global Apartheid to Global Village: Africa and the United Nations.

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