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By Kevin C. Dunn, Timothy M. Shaw

ISBN-10: 0333918282

ISBN-13: 9780333918289

ISBN-10: 033397753X

ISBN-13: 9780333977538

Africa has been substantially absent in diplomacy conception. This new selection of essays by means of modern Africanists convincingly demonstrates the significance of the continent to each theoretical strategy in diplomacy. The publication breaks new floor in how we predict approximately either diplomacy and Africa, re-examining such foundational techniques as sovereignty, the nation, and gear; severely investigating the salience of realism, neo-liberalism, liberalism in Africa, and offering new brooding about regionalism, protection, and identification.

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Thus, UNITA's decision to return to war after losing both parliamentary and presidential elections held in September 1992 reflected his preference for military options to settle essentially political matters. UNITA's bellicose position took the USA by surprise. Once seen as the best example of democratic `freedom fighters' deserving support from the Washington, UNITA was now seen as a poor loser in a democratic process partly sponsored by the USA. After UNITA's electoral defeat and its return to war, American involvement changed dramatically.

These principles applied to such less powerful states as Belgium and Switzerland, as well as to micro-states such as the Vatican, Andorra, and Liechtenstein. The above historical disposition must be contrasted with a parallel Western determination to subjugate non-Western political entities to the requirements of their own needs and desires (Clapham 1996: 3). To be sure, this process was neither uniform, nor entirely coercive, nor free of conflicts or contradictions. As self-appointed enactors of international morality, Western powers extracted compliance from their subordinates by selectively but strategically applying their political skills ± including negotiations or accommodations ± and military means.

UNITA's struggle can better be interpreted as a reaction or resistance against what it perceives to be an over-centralized and hegemonic state which leaves little room for the self-realization of the Ovimbundu nation. Although UNITA's political objectives have seldom been articulated clearly, some of its recent declarations begin to reveal some of the motivations behind its determination in using military force to achieve political goals. ' It reads in part: The UNITA leadership appeals to the international community and to African countries in particular for a better understanding of the deep-seated causes of the Angolan conflict.

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