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                                       Course Syllabus

                                    Dr. R. Kiki Edozie
                                    Assistant Professor
                            Global South Studies/African Affairs
                           Department of Political Science and IR
                                      459 Smith Hall
                           rkedozie@udel.edu, dredozie@aol.com
                                      302-831-1939


                            POSC439/639
                 PROBLEMS IN AFRICAN POLITICS:
                 Contemporary Issues in African Affairs
                                     The Liberian Civil War




The state of Post-Cold War & Post- 9/11 world politics is having important implications for
the African continent which is seen to be going through both modernization and post-
modernization simultaneously. By way of introducing the most recent trends in international
African affairs, this course provides its participants with the major themes and polemics that
are central to Africa in world politics. Main topics include the African Crisis, (including the
health crisis and AIDs), the new AU/Nepad, Peace and Conflict in the Great Lakes, Liberia &
Sierra Leone, and the Horn (including the Sudan Peace Process), Post-Apartheid South and
Southern Africa (including Zimbabwe), Wither the Nigerian Giant? Francophone Africa
(including Cote D’Ivoire), and New and Old Gulf Oil.
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             Required Texts and Instructional Resources:

1. Akinrrinade, Sola & Amadu Sesay (1998) Africa in the Post Cold War International
   System. Pinter. London
2. Khadiagala, Gilbert and Terence Lyons (2001) African Foreign Policies: power and
   process. Lynne Rienner. Boulder, London
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4. Edozie, R.Kiki Electronic Resources. Problems in African Politics: Contemporary
   Issues in African Affairs (40 articles on library reserve).

                       Suggested Online Resources
                                http://allAfrica.com
                               http://AfricaNews.com
                            http://PambazukaNews.com

                           Grading Requirements:



1. Participation in Four Seminar Panels (submit one page per seminar
   presentation)(1page){20%}
2. Four One Page Policy Response Papers for Public Affairs Roundtable (1 page){10%}
3. Class attendance and participation {10%}
4. Midterm (Select a Topic from International Policy Issues List1; and Write a 5 page
   Research Paper on the Topic)(5pages) {20%}
5. Final Short Research Paper (Select a Topic from Public and Political Affairs Country
   Case List2; and Write a 8 page Research Paper on the Topic) (8 pages) {40%}3
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                            Calendar of Events:
2/10
Intro to Course

                    PART ONE:
  INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC POLICY AND AFRICAN AFFAIRS

POST COLD WAR/POST APARTHEID NEW INTERNATIONAL REGIMES
IN AFRICA

2/12
Akinrinade and Sesay, Africa in the Post Cold War International System, ‘Africa and the
End of the Cold War’ by Scott Thomas

Khadiagala and Lyons, African Foreign Policies: Power and Process, ‘ Foreign Policy
Making in Africa: An Introduction’by Khadiagala and Lyons.

2/17




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Werbner and Terence Ranger, Postcolonial Identities in Africa, ‘The African Crisis: context
and interpretation’ by Patrick Chabal

Ali Mazrui, Africa’s International Relations, ‘Toward the Year 2000’

Sign-up Volunteers:

1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________
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2/19
Akinrinade and Sesay, Africa in the Post Cold War International System ‘Old Concepts and
New Challenges in the post-Cold War Era’ by Karin von Hippel

Khadiagala and Lyons, African Foreign Policies: Power and Process ‘External Relations of
Weak States and Stateless Regions in Africa’ by William Reno



ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION AND AFRICA

2/24




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Darryl Thomas, ‘Between Globalization and Global Apartheid: African Development in the
New Millennium’ in The International Journal of African Studies, Fall 2001

Tandika Mkandawire and Charels Soludo, ‘The African Crisis’in Our Continent, Our
Future, 1998

Guy Martin, ‘The Continued Relevance of Pan-Africanism in the Twenty First Century’ in
Africa in World Politics, 2003

Sign-up Volunteers:

1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________

2/26
Akinrinade and Sesay, Africa in the Post Cold War International System ‘Africa and global
society: marginality, conditionality and conjuncture’by Stephen Wright

Akinrinade and Sesay, Africa in the Post Cold War International System ‘Regional and Sub-
Regional Conflict Management Efforts’ by Amadu Sesay
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AFRICA AND THE THIRD WAVE OF DEMOCRACY

3/2
Akinrinade and Sesay, Africa in the Post Cold War International System ‘The Re-
Democratization Process in Africa: plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose’by Sola
Akinrinade

Stephen Ndegwa, ‘Kenya: Third Time Luck?’ Journal of Democracy 2003



AFRICA AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

3/4
Akinrinade and Sesay, Africa in the Post Cold War International System ‘Africa and the
United Nations’ by Sola Akinrinade




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Claude Ake, ‘A Confusion of Agendas’ in Democracy and Development in Africa.
Brookings Institute.

Joseph Stiglitz, ‘Broken Promises’ in Globalization and its Discontents Norten and
Company. 2000

Sign-up Volunteers:

1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________
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NEW DIRECTIONS IN IPE: NEW OIL AND AFRICAN RESOURCE
MOBILIZATION

3/9




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources

Neil Ford, ‘Oil Puts Africa on the Map’in New African, 2003

Richard Knight ‘Expanding Petroleum Production in Africa’ in Review of African
Political Economy, 2003

Catholic Relief Services Report, ‘Oil Boom: Peril or Opportunity: Africa?’
www.catholicreliefservices. Org

Sign-up Volunteers:

1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________



GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

3/11




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Stephen Morrison, ‘The African Pandemic Hits Washington’ in The Washington
Quarterly. 2000

Marcella David,‘Rubber Helmets: The Certain Pitfalls of Marshalling Security Council
Resources to Combat AIDS in Africa’ in Human Rights Quarterly 23.3 (2001)
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David Barnard ‘In the High Court of South Africa, Case No 4138/98: the global politics of
access to low-cost AIDS drugs in poor countries’ in Kennedy Institute of Ethic Journal.
2002

Sign-up Volunteers:

1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________



US FOREIGN POLICY, THE BUSH DOCTRINE AND ISLAMIZATION IN
AFRICA

3/16




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Donald Rothchild, ‘The U.S Foreign Policy Trajectory on Africa’ SAIS Review
21.1(2001) Project Muse Journal of Democracy Article

Gilbert Khadiagala, ‘The United States and Africa: Beyond the Clinton Administration’
SAIS Review 21.1 2001 Project Muse Journal of Democracy Article

Sign-up Volunteers:

1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________

3/18
Akinrinade and Sesay, Africa in the Post Cold War International System, ‘The Triumph of
Realism: Africa and the Middle East’ by Olusola Ojo




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
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Jean de la Gueriviere and Aacene Belmessous ‘The Different Faces of Black Islam’ and
‘The Progress of Islam in Africa’ African Geopolitics. Winter 2001/2002

Rene Lemarchand, ‘Beyond the Mad Dog Syndrome’ in The Green and the
Black:Qadhafi’s Polices in Africa. 1988

Sign-up Volunteers:

1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________




Midterm Due

                                   SPRING RECESS
                                      3/19-3/29



                      PART TWO:
   PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND COUNTRY CASE INTERNATIONAL
                 PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES


FRANCOPHONE AFRICA AND COTE’ D’IVOIRE

3/30
Khadiagala and Lyons, African Foreign Policies: Power and Process, ‘New Directions in
Francophone West African Foreign Policies’ by Peter J. Schraeder




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Guy Martin, ‘France’s African Policy in Transition: Disengagement and Redeployment’
in Africa in World Politics, 2002
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Cyril Daddieh, ‘Elections and Ethnic Violence in Cote D’Ivoire: the Unfinished Business
of Succession and Democratic Transition’




CONFLICT AND REGIONAL WEST AFRICA

4/1
Khadiagala and Lyons, African Foreign Policies: Power and Process, ‘Foreign Policy
Decision-making in Anglophone West Africa’




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Yekutiel Gershoni ‘War Without End and An End to A War: the prolonged wars in Liberia
and Sierra Leone’ in African Studies Review, 1997

Quentin Outram, ‘It’s Terminal Either Way: an analysis of armed conflict in Liberia,
1989-1996’Review of African Political Economy. 1997

Sign-up Volunteers:

1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________



NIGERIA: Wither Giant of Africa

4/6




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Ukoha Ukiwo ‘Politics, Ethno-Religious conflicts and Democratic Consolidation in
Nigeria’ in Journal of Modern African Studies. 2003
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John Ejobowah, ‘Who Owns the Oil? The Politics of Ethnicity in the Niger Delta of
Nigeria’ Africa Today 47 (2000)

Sign-up Volunteers:

1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________



SOUTH AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN RENAISSANCE

4/8
Khadiagala and Lyons, African Foreign Policies: Power and Process ‘Foreign Policy
Decision-making in Southern Africa’s Fading Frontline’ by Gilbert Khadaiagala

Akinrinade and Sesay, Africa in the Post Cold War International System, ‘Southern Africa
and the End of Apartheid: opportunities and challenges’by Abiodun Alao

Edozie, R. Kiki ‘Promoting African Owned and Operated Development: the New African
Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) unpublished conference paper. 2003



THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA

4/13




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Michael Neocosmos, ‘Democracy, Rights Discourse, National Healing and State Formation:
Theoretical Reflections on the Liberation Transition in Southern Africa’ Ashgate Policy
Paper Series. 2000

Krista Johnson, ‘Liberal or Liberation Framework? The Contradictions of ANC rule in
South Africa’ Journal of Contemporary African Studies. May 2003

Sign-up Volunteers:
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1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________



ZIMBABWE IN CRISIS

4/15




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Suzanne Danserau ‘Liberation and Opposition in Zimbabwe’ in Journal of Contemporary
African Studies. May 2003

Sam Moyo, ‘The Political-Eocnomy of Land Acquisition and Redistribution in Zimbabwe.
1990-1999’ in Journal of Southern African Studies. March 2000

Sign-up Volunteers:
1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________



RETREATING COLD WARS: RECONSTRUCTION IN ANGOLA AND
MOZAMBIQUE

4/20




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Patrick Chabal, ‘Angola and Mozambique: the weight of history’ 1998 Working Papers On
Line <www.kcl.ac.uk/depsta/humanities/probrst/pcpapers.htm>

Thomas Turner, ‘Angola’ in Foreign Policy in Focus

Sign-up Volunteers:
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1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________




CONFLICT AND RECONSTRUCTION IN THE GREAT LAKES REGION

4/22
Khadiagala and Lyons, African Foreign Policies: Power and Process ‘Foreign Policy Making
in the Great Lakes Region’ by Rene Lemarchand




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Paul Orogun. ‘Government, Ethnic Schisms, Civil War and Regional Destabilization of the
DRC’ in World Affairs 2002

Ngolet, Francois ‘African and American Connivance in Congo-Zaire’ Africa Today. 2000


Sign-up Volunteers:

1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________



10 YEARS REMEMBERING GENOCIDE: RWANDA

4/27




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Joel Settenheim, ‘The Arusha Accords and the Failure of International Intervention in
Rwanda’
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Stef Vandeginste, ‘Justice, Reconciliation and Reparation After Genocide and Crimes
Against Humanity: the proposed establishment of popular ‘gacaca’ tribunals in Rwanda’




Sign-up Volunteers:
1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________

THE HORN OF AFRICA and the Sudan Peace Process

4/29
Khadiagala and Lyons, African Foreign Policies: Power and Process, ‘The Foreign Policies
of the Horn: The Clash Between Old and New’




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
Eric Greaves, ‘Peace or War? The Moment of Truth for Sudan’

Africans, Arabs, and Islamists: From the Conference Tables to the Battlefields in the Sudan’
in African Studies Review. 1999

Sign-up Volunteers:

1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________



Ethiopia and Eritrea
5/4




Panel Discussion Library Electronic Resources
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Kidane Mengisteab ‘Ethiopia’s Ethnic-Based Federalism: 10 Years After’ in African
Issues 2001

Leenco Lata, ‘The Ethiopia-Eritrea War’ in Review of African Political Economy 2003

Sign-up Volunteers:

1)_________________________________2)________________________________

3)_________________________________4)________________________________



                          PART THREE:
          AFRICAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS MAGAZINE ROUNDTABLE

Suggested Online Resources
http://allAfrica.com
http://AfricaNews.com
http://PambazukaNews.com

One page typed response required from every student

5/6
Charles Taylor and the UN War Tribunal: Should Charles Taylor be repatriated from his exile
in Nigeria to face the UN ICT for alleged crimes in Sierra Leone?

5/11
Was Zimbabwe treated unfairly by the Commonwealth? Does Robert Mugabe deserve to
suffer the fate of Saddam Hussein?

5/13
Does Africa deserve a permanent seat on the UN Security Council? Which African country is
best suited to attain such a role? Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Botswana?

5/18
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has some of the world’s most lucrative mineral
resources. Will a post conflict, independent DRC share its resource and land abundance with
neighboring Rwanda, Uganda?
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5/25
FINAL DUE

                                                 ENDNOTES
1
    International Policy Issues
      1.    Global Apartheid and the contemporary African political economy
      2.    Political Marginalization and Africa in the Post Cold War Global Arena
      3.    The African Crisis in the Context of African Development
      4.    New International Regimes and Reconstruction: Pan-Africanism, the African Union and Nepad
      5.    Economic and Political Reform: The Age of Sustainable Development in Africa
      6. Post-9/11 Security, Political Islam and the Bush Doctrine in Africa
2
    Public and Political Affairs: Case Studies
      1.    Cote D’Ivoire and Conflict
      2.    The Sudan and Peace
      3.    The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Peace
      4.    Crisis in Zimbabwe
      5.    Liberia, Conflict and International Intervention
      6.    Transitioning in Sierra Leone
      7.    Transitioning in Rwanda
      8.    Nigeria: wither African Giant?
      9.    South Africa: new African Hegemon?
      10.   Libya and Africa

3
    Suggested Essay Format:
                    Select and Research Topic (use course sources)
                    Theorize about Topic and Attempt a Thesis Statement or Theme
                    Using external resources (at least one or two books) to Support your Thesis analytically and
                     critically
                    State Thesis upfront in an intro paragraph page, divide essay into at least three subsections,
                     include a conclusion

				
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