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Mercenaries: An African Security Dilemma
edited by Abdel-Fatau Musah and J. Kayode Fayemi
Pluto Press, 1999
Cloth: 978-0-7453-1476-1 | Paper: 978-0-7453-1471-6
Library of Congress Classification DT30.2.M47 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 960.32

This powerful book critiques mercenary involvement in post-Cold War African conflicts. The contributors investigate the links between the rise in internal conflicts and the proliferation of mercenary activities in the 1990s; the distinction in the methods adopted by Cold War mercenaries and their contemporary counterparts; the convoluted network between private armies; business interests and sustained poverty in Africa’s poorest countries; and the connection between mercenary activities and arms proliferation. Countries discussed include Sierra Leone, Zaire, Angola, Uganda and Congo.

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