Foreign Intervention in Africa after the Cold War
Prof. Elizabeth Schmidt, Loyola University Maryland
Outsiders often perceive Africa as a continent in crisis, and many blame Africans for their plight. Schmidt challenges this position, arguing that many current crises are the result of foreign political and military intervention during the Cold War and its aftermath. Focusing on the post– Cold War period (1991–2017), Schmidt explores the rationales used to justify foreign political and military intervention, the purpose of those interventions, and their consequences. She illustrates her points with case studies from across the continent and considers the impact of extra-continental powers, neighboring states, intergovernmental organizations, and international terrorist networks.