Armed Conflict in Africa by Carolyn Pumphrey

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Brassey’s, 1994), 1045. 10. Uhle-Wettler, “War,” 1045. 11. Samuel Kasule, The History Atlas of Africa (New York: Macmillan, 1998), 137. These international wars were fought in Algeria against the French; in Kenya and Rhodesia against the British; in Guinea-Bissau, Angola, and Mozambique against the Portuguese: and in Namibia and Zimbabwe against South Africa. 12. Countries that have fallen prey to this type of violence include Algeria, Morocco, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zaire, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola, and South Africa.

Kenya, for example, shares borders with five other countries, four of which have experienced civil wars: Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Uganda. The fifth country it borders is Tanzania, a country that was partly born out of a revolution (the Zanzibar Revolution of 1964). In comparison with its neighbors, Kenya has so far been spared large-scale 21 22 Ali A. Mazrui civil conflict, yet the overall pattern of violence on the African continent is disturbing and thus worthy of analysis. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a brief overview of conflict in Africa.

The union was finally consummated in Durban, South Africa, in July 2002. Its scope was more ambitious than that of the Organization of African Unity, which the AU replaced. The union envisaged greater and greater economic integration, the creation of a continental banking system, the establishment of a Pan-African parliament, and eventually a monetary union with one continental currency. The concept of an African Security Council gained still greater support, but its membership remained a matter of contention.

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