Our Focused Publications on the Sahel

The Sahel: Focus of Hope, Focus of Fear

The Sahel: Focus of hope, Focus or Fear

Edited by Marcel Kitissou and Pauline E. Ginsberg

The Sahel is a critical zone of convergence. Geographically, it links two oceans and three seas. Itself a semi-arid corridor, it functions as a giant dry river that traverses the central-north of Africa from coast to coast, demarcating the transition between the Sahara desert and the savannah. Across the land and the water came traders and adventurers seeking goods and power, bringing ideas, opportunities and challenges, sometimes, as with slavery, inflicting heavy damage upon flourishing institutions.

The Sahel at the CrossRoads

The Sahel at the Crossroads

Edited by Marcel Kitissou

“The Sahel at the CrossRoads”, the special issue of African Renaissance vol 10, no.1 2013 featuring Sahel Consortium members and edited by Professor Marcel Kitissou is now available. The authors address the contentious history of French military intervention’s in the Sahel, the complex nexus of jihadi’s, illicit financial flows and criminality in West Africa, the much less discussed activism of France in the War on Terror in Africa and a methodological assessment on the effects of climate change on violent conflict.


Africa in China’s Global Strategy - book

Africa in China's Global Strategy

Edited by Marcel Kitissou

China has developed a proactive global policy and is emerging as a new global power with particular focus on developing countries in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.

What is the role of Africa in China’s global foreign policy? China is interested mainly in four sectors on the continent: infrastructure projects, regional banks such as the African Development Bank, training of African professionals particularly in economic management, and institutions of higher education with the goal of establishing Chinese language programs. And Chinese Diaspora is growing fast in Africa.

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Hydropolitics in Africa: A Contemporary Challenge

Edited by Marcel Kitissou, Muna Ndulo, Mechthild Nagel & Margaret GriecoCambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007

Water is both an essential resource and a source of disease and conflict in contemporary Africa. And we begin to learn that far distant processes of consumption and pollution can have their impact on the water systems of Africa: global warming produced by the material culture of the first world threatens the weather systems and the very survival of developing countries. In this context, this volume –the product of an expert meeting at Cornell University’s Institute for African Development—traces and tracks the dynamics the contemporary hydropolitics of Africa.

Global Nato and The Catastrophic Failure in Libya

Global Nato and The Catastrophic Failure in Libya

By Horace Campbell

In this incisive account, scholar Horace Campbell investigates the political and economic crises of the early twenty-first century through the prism of NATO’s intervention in Libya. He traces the origins of the conflict, situates it in the broader context of the Arab Spring uprisings, and explains the expanded role of a post-Cold War NATO.

This military organization, he argues, is the instrument through which the capitalist class of North America and Europe seeks to impose its political will on the rest of the world, however warped by the increasingly outmoded neoliberal form of capitalism. The intervention in Libya—characterized by bombing campaigns, military information operations, third party countries, and private contractors—exemplifies this new model.

 Growing Democracy in Africa: Elections, Accountable Governance, and Political Economy

Edited by Muna Ndulo and Mamoudou Gazibo

What is the state of governance in sub-Saharan Africa? Is it possible to identify best practices and approaches to establishing political systems that promote accountability, transparency, peace, and civic space to all? These are the questions addressed in this book. While the concept of governance is considered central to political science, our understanding of it is still imprecise, with extant studies focused primarily either on think-tank indicators, economic management, or political studies of democratization. This book critically examines the record on democratization in Africa thus far and seeks a new, integrated, focused approach to the study of governance. Such an approach requires revisiting the concept of governance itself.
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Financing Innovation and Sustainable Development in Africa

Edited by Muna Ndulo and Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa

The title is an edited volume resulting from a symposium on development financing held at Cornell University; the topic has become an important area of policy discussion in Africa and other developing areas in recent years. Using multifaceted and multidisciplinary analytical approaches, it considers the role of the banking system, the stock market, credit access, external aid, and sovereign wealth funds in the evolving development finance architecture. Further, the volume looks at China’s role as an aid donor, the impact of BRICs partnerships in South Africa, the role of NEPAD in mobilizing resources for infrastructure development, and the links between law, trade, and regional integration. The study concurs with previous analyses that greater access to credit by the poor represents the most effective way of fighting poverty and raising the standards of living in Africa. Cornell’s Institute for African Development and the African Development Bank were cosponsors of the 2014 symposium.

Available direct from Cambridge Scholars Publishing: http://www.cambridgescholars.com/financing-innovation-and-sustainable-development-in-africa