African Arguments Book Series


The African Arguments book series are short books about Africa today, aimed at the growing number of students and general readers who want to know more about the continent.  

These books intend to highlight many of the longer-term strategic as well as immediate political issues confronting the African continent. They get to the heart of why Africa is the way it is and how it is changing.

 The books are scholarly but engaged, substantive as well as topical.This series is published by the International African Institute and Zed Books, supported by the Royal African Society and the World Peace Foundation, Tufts University

Visit the ZED Bookstore to see the full collection of titles. 

Africa and the War on Drugs
Written by Neil Carrier and Gernot Klantschnig

In this revealing and original book, the authors weave a provocative argument about Africa's role in the global trade and control of drugs. They show how foreign-inspired policies have failed to help African drug users but have strengthened the role of corrupt and brutal law enforcement officers, who are tasked with halting the export of heroin and cocaine to European and American consumer markets. A vital book on an overlooked front of the so-called war on drugs.

Getting Somalia Wrong: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State
Written by Mary Harper

In Getting Somalia Wrong? Mary Harper presents the first comprehensive account of the chaos into which the country has descended and the United States' renewed involvement there. In doing so, Harper argues that viewing Somalia through the prism of al-Qaeda risks further destabilizing the country and show that while the country may be a failed state, it is far from being a failed society. 

Congo Masquerade: The Political Culture of Aid Inefficiency and Reform Failure
Written by Theodore Trefon

Congo Masquerade is about mismanagement, hypocrisy, naivete and sabotage. It is a unique and original study of aid inefficiency in one of the 21st century's major attempts at reconstructing a failed state in Africa. In this startling and provocative book, Trefon offers an in-depth analysis of Congolese political culture and examines the way it hampers reform.