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Africa-U.S. Relations: Strategic Encounters
Africa-U.S. Relations: Strategic Encounters
Edited by Donald Rothchild and Edmond J. Keller
Lynne Reinner, 2006, 310 pp

This timely collection of essays provides an excellent introduction to the complex relationship between the United States and the African subcontinent at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It has relatively little to say about the U.S.-African diplomatic relationship or about how foreign policy toward Africa is made in Washington. Instead, the book focuses on African security issues and their significance. The overarching theme is that security should be conceived broadly, to include not only matters of geostrategic importance but also the concerns of people in their everyday search for enhanced welfare. A first section discusses the security implications of the region's conflicts and includes excellent chapters by Severine Rugamamu on peacekeeping and Ruth Iyob and Edmond Keller on the Horn of Africa. Several chapters follow on such issues as HIV/AIDS and environmental degradation. A final set of chapters discusses the continent's continuing economic woes and includes a first-rate discussion of debt issues by Thomas Callaghy.