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THE MIND OF THE AFRICAN STRONGMAN: Conversations with Dictators, Statesmen, and Father Figures

Cohen, Herman J.

ISBN 10: 0986435317 / ISBN 13: 9780986435317
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With The Mind of the African Strongman, Herman J. Cohen, career ambassador and former Assistant Secretary of State, takes a look at what has helped and what has hindered economic development and democracy in Africa since the end of colonialism.

Despite access to vast natural resources and decades of international development aid, why have so many African countries failed to keep the promises made to their people?

With wit and a sharp analytical eye, Ambassador Cohen reflects on nearly four decades of work throughout the continent, sharing stories of his personal encounters with some of Africa's most legendary leaders. From Nelson Mandela to Muammar Gaddafi, Cohen gives readers a never-before-seen look at the men who defined modern Africa, as well as a behind-the-scenes account of dealing with U.S. Presidents, Secretaries of State, and other key leaders shaping U.S. foreign policy toward Africa in the the post-colonial / Cold War era.

Ambassador Cohen's historical analysis shows how today's African leaders can fulfill the continent's economic and democratic potential.

About the Author:

As an ambassador, advisor to Presidents, and a 38-year veteran of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Herman J. Cohen has devoted his entire professional career to African and European affairs.

Over the years, Cohen grew to know every first-generation African leader - from Mandela, to Mobutu, to Moammar Gaddafi.

During his tenure as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during the first Bush Administration, and through his role at the NSC in the Reagan White House, Cohen worked to bring about peaceful transitions of power in South Africa and Namibia, and helped to end civil wars in Angola, Ethiopia, and Mozambique.

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