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African Actors in International Security: Shaping Contemporary Norms
African Actors in International Security: Shaping Contemporary Norms
Edited by Katharina P. Coleman and Thomas K. Tieku
Lynne Riener, 2018, 308 pp
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This collection of essays argues that most commentators underestimate the extent to which Africans help shape contemporary norms about international peace and security. Based on a number of excellent case studies, the contributors make a strong case that African publics, governments, and intergovernmental organizations have played key roles in the development of norms regarding conict diamonds, humanitarian interventions, peace negotiations, and the trade in small arms. The essays identify several areas in which distinctively African norms have emerged, such as the reliance on retired African heads of state to mediate between dierent sides in a conflict.