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Africa's Challenge to International Relations Theory
Africa's Challenge to International Relations Theory
Edited by Kevin C. Dunn and Timothy M. Shaw
Palgrave, 2001, 258 pp

The authors in this collection lament the neglect of Africa by international relations theorists and attempt to show that the continent provides fertile ground for testing, challenging, and updating some of the hoariest precepts of realist, liberal, and globalist theories. Closer to the conditions of early-modern Europe than to contemporary models of state-centric sovereignty, African countries offer a living laboratory of political evolution and adaptation to both internal and external pressures. Some chapters add little, but lucid pieces by John F. Clark, Siba Grovogui, and several others make this a valuable contribution to current debates on the rapidly changing world order.¦