This book provides both a superb analysis of the historical dysfunction of the post-colonial African state generally and, more specifically, a probing critique of the crisis that resulted in the tragic collapse of Liberia. Ikechi Mgbeoji ultimately shows that blame for this endless cycle of violence must be laid at the feet of both the Western powers and African states themselves. He further posits that a reconstructed regime of African statehood, legitimate governance, and reform of the United Nations Security Council are imperatives for the creation of a stable African polity.
Ikechi Mgbeoji is a professor in the Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall, York University.
A timely, well written book that will appeal to those interested in Africa—international lawyers, international relations specialists, and others who are concerned about the impact of the “global war on terrorism” on the role of international law and social justice ... there is no question that this is an important book that draws on a wide variety of sources and disciplines to address both an area that has been neglected for far too long in the US (African politics and history) and an issue that is at the forefront of US foreign policy today (the legitimate use of military force internationally).
The book is a significant contribution to the fields of international law and African studies ... [It] provides a basis from which to start to make sense of a vast continent which has been forgotten in its hour of need. It points the way forward and clarifies the difficult historical and intellectual problems that must be comprehended if Africa is to be understood both by Africans as well as outsiders.