About the Author
Andreas Mehler Ph.D. (1993) in Political Science, University of Hamburg, is Director of the Institute of African Affairs, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg. He has published extensively on democratisation processes and violent conflicts in West and Central Africa. With Henning Melber he is managing editor of Africa Spectrum.Henning Melber, Ph.D. (1980) in Political Science, University of Bremen, is Senior Advisor/Director emeritus of the Dag Hammarskjoeld Foundation in Uppsala, Sweden and Extraordinary Professor at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, and the Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State. He has published extensively on Southern Africa and in particular Namibia. With Andreas Mehler he is managing editor of Africa Spectrum.Klaas van Walraven Ph.D. (1997), University of Leiden, is an historian and political scientist at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, focusing on West Africa. He has written extensively on international relations issues (OAU, AU, ECOMOG) and he has also published an historical study on Niger, The Yearning for Relief: A History of the Sawaba Movement in Niger (Brill, 2013).