Mercenaries : An African Security Dilemma

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This powerful book critiques mercenary involvement in post-Cold War African conflicts. The contributors investigate the links between the rise in internal conflicts and the proliferation of mercenary activities in the 1990s; the distinction in the methods adopted by Cold War mercenaries and their contemporary counterparts; the convoluted network between private armies; business interests and sustained poverty in Africa's poorest countries; and the connection between mercenary activities and arms proliferation. Countries discussed include Sierra Leone, Zaire, Angola, Uganda and Congo.
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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745314767
  • 9780745314761

Table of contents


Foreword by Lord Avebury


1. Africa in Search of Security by J. `Kayode Fayemi

2. Private Military Companies and African Security 1990-98 by Kevin A. O'Brien (University of Hull)

3. A Country Under Siege: Sierra Leone by Abdel-Fatau Musah

4. The Hand of War: Former Zaire 1996-7 by Khareen Pech

5. Mining for Serious Trouble: Jean-Raymonde Boulle by Johan Peleman (International Peace Information Service, Antwerp)

6. Mercenaries, Human Rights and the Legality by Alex Vines (Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford)

7. Africa: Civil Conflicts and the OAU Convention against Mercenaries by Kofi Oteng Kufuor (East London University)

8. The African Security Crisis by Eboe Hutchful (Wayne State University)

9. Arresting the Tide of Mercenaries in Africa by `Funmi Olonisakin (King's College, London)



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About J'Kayode Fayemi

Abdel-Fatau Musah was formerly the Research and Publications Co-ordinator at the Centre for Democracy & Development. J. 'Kayode Fayemi is the Executive Director of the Centre for Democracy & Development. Based in London, the Centre for Democracy & Development is an independent NGO dedicated to policy-oriented scholarship in the areas of democratic development and peacebuilding.
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