Book Reviews 185
Andre le Sage, ed. African Counterterrorism Cooperation: Assessing Regional
and Subregional Initiatives. Washington, D.C.: National Defense University Press
and Potomac Books, 2007. x + 229 pp. Illustrations. Maps. Figures. Tables. Notes.
Appendixes. Index. $50.00. Cloth. $25.00. Paper.
This readable book about Africa’s endeavors to establish a functional and
strong anti-terrorism regime on the continent is bound to become one of
the most useful reference works on counterterrorism in Africa. Andre Le
Sage’s introductory chapter on terrorist threats and Africa’s vulnerabilities
situates Africa as a crucial contributor to the global fight against terrorism.
While recognizing the weaknesses of the continent in combating terror-
ism alone, and debunking the perceptions that Africa is not under threat,
this chapter catalogs some of the more spectacular terrorist attacks on the
continent. Le Sage also categorizes the types of terrorist groups operating
in Africa, showing the disparities in these groups from the U.S. experience.
The chapter thus reflects some of the wider difficulties and controversies
that define the broader global war on terror. More important, Le Sage dis-
cusses the vexed issue of definitional conundrums that characterize this
field and situates Africa’s specific subregional and individual state experi-
ence within the context of this disturbing phenomenon.
With this broad introduction, the other chapters deal with the Afri-
can Union and the activities of four regional economic communities: the
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Inter-Gov-
ernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African Commu-
nity (EAC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
A consideration of U.S. support for African counterterrorism strategies
discusses ways to improve the resource and human capacities of recipient
Here I will concentrate on the African Union, since its component
member institutions will have to incorporate the decisions that have been
made at the continent