Conflict has been a critical factor in the making of contemporary Africa, and its study is key to understanding the continent's tortuous history. HOT SPOT: SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA analyzes the area's major, post-independence conflicts intense enough to threaten national, regional, or international security. This work defines conflict broadly to encompass political instability and state failure, ethno-religious tensions, government and political corruption, economic mismanagement and poverty, cult violence, and youth gangsterism. Thematically organized chapters examine the origins and development of explosive hot spots?including Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo?in West Africa, Nigeria, Southern Africa, the Horn of Africa and Central Africa, and the Great Lakes region. The book also explores outside factors that have impacted African conflicts, such as superpower Cold War manipulation and foreign influence and intervention.
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