By John Davies.

Abject poverty and official corruption make parts of Africa a very attractive destination for terrorist organizations. Opportunities have developed during the pre- and post-9/11 periods in Africa for the recruitment of terrorists, attainment of bases of operations and sources of funding for Al Qaeda or its affiliated terror groups.

This comprehensive volume provides an extensive examination of major terrorist events in Africa. It highlights internal and external indices to illustrate why Africa is so ripe for terrorism, ostensibly in terms of recruitment as well as attainment and sources of funding due to the continent’s continuing poverty and corruption. The volume will prove indispensable reading for anyone researching security issues, political sociology and African studies.

‘From key states in the vulnerable Horn such as Djibouti, Kenya and Sudan, as well as West and North Africa, this book provides a detailed picture of the War on Terror in Africa…ably supported throughout by discussion of the African Union’s involvement and of course US special forces.’ Peter Woodward, Reading University, UK ‘…a significant contribution to the literature on global terrorism.

The text sheds light on why and how African failed states have assisted al Qaeda directly or many of its affiliates have worked on behalf of bin Laden’s transnational enterprise…insightful and explains the limitations of US, UN and the African Union’s policy and actions to contain terrorism in Africa. A must reading for the student of international relations.’ Michael Frazier, Howard University, USA ‘…Davis’ volume takes a broad thematic approach, competently developing crucial themes…His recommendations at the strategic level…lay a workable foundation for consolidating Africa’s poition in the global counter-terrorism campaign.’ Survival ‘Until now no comprehensive assessment of Africa’s role in the war on terror existed.

This book of nine essays plus an introduction and conclusion by the editor provides an excellent source to overcoming this gap…The essays are an excellent starting point on the subject, and trail blazes to encourage more research until Africa is no longer a place where terrorism can have a foothold.’ Terrorism and Political Violence [The volume] provides extensive analysis of the multiple dynamics that set the ground for Africa’s participation in the war on terror…the volume provides useful reading for anyone interested in security issues and wanting to have a complete overview of terrorism’s international implications.