West Africa and the U.S. War on Terror

1st Edition

George Klay Kieh, Kelechi Kalu

Published April 27, 2015
Reference - 208 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138851436 - CAT# Y176344
Series: Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy

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Since the terrorist attacks on the American homeland on September 11, 2001, fighting the menace has become the frontier issue on the U.S.’ national security agenda. In the case of the African Continent, the United States has, and continues to accord major attention to the West African sub-region.

This book :

  • Evaluates where we can place West Africa within the broader crucible of the U.S. war on terrorism
  • Establishes the key elements of the U.S.’ counter-terrorism policy in West Africa?
  • Examines the U.S. counter-terrorism strategies in West Africa, and evaluates if they are being pursued both at the bilateral and multilateral levels in the region
  • Interrogates the relationship between stability in the sub-region and the waging of the U.S.’ war on terrorism.


Specifically, the book examines the crises of underdevelopment—cultural, economic, environmental, political, security and social—in the sub-region, especially their impact on shaping the conditions that provide the taproots of terrorism. Clearly, addressing these multidimensional crises of underdevelopment is pivotal to the success of the U.S. war on terrorism in the sub-region.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of terrorism, homeland security, African Studies, conflict management, and political violence.


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