March 4, 2008

Book Review - Intervention & Transnationalism in Africa

Intervention & Transnationalism in Africa: Global-Local Networks of Power
edited by Thomas Callaghy, Ronald Kassimir, Robert Latham
JQ 1875 .I68 2001

This collection of essays explores the effects of globalism in Africa. Specifically, the authors are interested in how external forces and events influence the politics and policies of nation-states, transnational, and subnational communities in Africa. Of particular interest to the authors are "transborder formations"--intersections of influential forces that produce, threaten, or destroy the order and political stability of nation-states and local community. The authors frame their discussion in the probability of increasing international intervention and growing complexity in the political forces at work within the African continent. While these authors take political science and area studies approaches to their subject material, this book will also be of interest to geographers, strategists, and those interested in emerging influences from around the globe.