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Title:Africa and the international system: the politics of state survival
Author:Clapham, ChristopherISNI
Series:Cambridge studies in international relations
City of publisher:Cambridge
Publisher:Cambridge University press
ISBN:052157207X; 0521576687
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:foreign policy
Abstract:This book examines the workings of international politics from the viewpoint of a group of States which are at the bottom of any conventional ordering of global power, viz. the States of sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, it examines how these States have managed to survive since independence and to what extent their survival is now threatened. The author shows how an initially supportive international environment has - as a result partly of political and economic mismanagement within African States themselves, partly of global developments over which they had no control - become increasingly threatening to African rulers and the States over which they preside. He also reveals how international conventions designed to uphold State sovereignty have often been appropriated and subverted by rulers to enhance their domestic control, and how African States have been undermined by guerrilla insurgencies and the use of international relations to serve essentially private ends.