African Realism explains Africa's international conflicts of the post-colonial era through international relations theory. It looks at the relationship between Africa's domestic and international conflicts, as well as the impact of factors such as domestic legitimacy, trade, and regional economic institutions on African wars. Further, it examines the relevance of traditional realist assumptions (e.g. balance of power, the security dilemma) to African international wars and how these factors are modified by the exigencies of Africa's domestic institutions, such as neopatrimonialism and inverted legitimacy. This study also addresses the inconsistencies and inaccuracies of international relations theory as it engages African international relations, and especially, its military history
Errol A. Henderson is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University.
List of Figures and Tables Map of Africa Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: International Relations and Africa: A Melange of Metaphors, a Dearth of Theory Chapter 2: Africa's Wars as New Wars: Dubious Dichotomies and Flattening History Chapter 3: Africa, Racism, and World Politics: Dualism and the Persistence of Primitivism Chapter 4: Socialization and the Domestic Sources of Africa's International Wars Chapter 5: Africa's International Wars: Inverted Legitimacy and Neopatrimonial Balancing Chapter 6: Disturbing the Peace: Africa's International Wars and the Democratic Peace Chapter 7: Liberal Trade Theory, Regional Institutionalism, and Africa's International Wars Conclusion: Towards African Realism? References Index