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American Democracy in Africa in the Twenty-First Century?

American Democracy in Africa? Buy from our online store and save 35%.
ISBN 978-0-9653308-2-4 (hardcover), US $50.00
ISBN 978-0-9653308-3-1, softcover edition, forthcoming, pre-publication soon
December 2000; late fall 2009
272 pp.

Book Description (Annotation)

These authors discuss the struggle for democratization and democracy in Africa in the colonial era, the postcolonial state and authoritarian regimes of the “second wave of democratization,” the end of the Cold War in the 1980s, and the post-Cold War era, pro-democracy movements throughout Africa, code named the “third wave.” Their focal point is the United States and its policy on democratization and democracy in Africa. Africa’s democratic struggle in the 21st century includes the problems of military rule, resistance to democratization and democracy from civilian authoritarian regimes, democratic reverses, and more.

About the Authors

Edward Lama WonkeryorEdward Lama Wonkeryor

Edward Lama Wonkeryor is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cuttington University, Suakoko, Bong County, Liberia, where he has also served as professor of Mass Communication, Liberian and Africana Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was an assistant professor in Temple's Department of African American Studies from 2003 to 2013. He earned his M.M.C. (Master of Mass Communication) in 1980 from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and his B.A. in Communications in 1978 from Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. He completed the first two years of his undergraduate study at Moscow State University in the former U.S.S.R. from 1974 to 1975. He also attended the Annenberg School of Communications, at the University of Pennsylvania, as a special student from 1987 to 1988.

Notable among E. Lama Wonkeryor’s other employment are positions he held in Liberia and the United States. In Liberia, he was public relations officer and staff writer for the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company and the radio manager of the government-owned Liberian Broadcasting System in the 1980’s. From 2000 to 2003, he was project coordinator for the Underground Railroad Project at the New Jersey Historical Commission in the New Jersey Department of State.

Dr. Wonkeryor has authored seven books, book chapters and occasional papers on the African military, ethnicity, political communication, broadcasting, development and democracy, and many articles and dictionary entries on the evolving democracy in Africa, the resistance activities of Africans on the continent and in the United States, and race and ethnicity in Liberia.

His research interests are in African political history, peace and conflict resolution, military, democratic governance, security and globalization, 19th and 20th century African American history, mass communication, and race and ethnic relations. The three books are the following titles: Liberia Military Dictatorship: A Fiasco Revolution; The Effects of United States' Political Communication and the Liberian Experience 1960-1990; On Afrocentricity, Intercultural Communication and Racism. He co-authored these titles: American Democracy in Africa in the 21st Century?; New Jersey's Underground Railroad Heritage. 'Steal Away, Steal Away' A Guide to the Underground Railroad in New Jersey. Wonkeryor also wrote the chapter "The Dynamics of Afrocentricity in Intercultural Communication," in Molefi Kete Asante and Afrocentricity: In Praise and in Criticism. His has numerous articles published in journals and newspapers, including The New Jersey Encyclopedia, The Liberian Studies Journal, The Philadelphia Daily News, and The Daily Observer, among others. His forthcoming titles are Globalization and its Implications for Africa; African Colonization Movement: From the United States to Liberia. As a presenter-participant, he has produced works for meetings and proceedings. His most recent title is the occasional paper African Immigrants in a Diverse United States (2013). His forthcoming book, as editor and contributor, is Globalization and its Implications for Africa (summer 2014).

E. Lama Wonkeryor is fluent in four languages: his native languages, Mano and Gio (Dan), English, and Russian. In 2005 he earned an ATTIC Distinguished Teaching Award nomination in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.

Ella ForbesElla Forbes is retired and living in Central America. During her academic career she was associate professor of African American Studies at Temple University, where she earned her Ph.D.

Dr. Forbes scholarly work focuses on resistance activities in the African American community, and she is the author of two books, African American Women During the Civil War and But We Have No Country: The 1851 Christiana, Pennsylvania Resistance, co-author of the forthcoming title, The Color Line Revisited: Readings in African American History, and contributor to several academic journals. Forbes taught courses in African American history, mass media and the black community, African American social and political thought, black women, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X.

In addition to teaching, Ella has worked as a consultant on African American history and educational projects, including conducting research for the Goodman versus Lukens Steel Company discrimination suit (Pennsylvania). Her community service involved serving as an officer of the United States Colored Troops Memorial Committee, a nonprofit cultural organization in Philadelphia that provided Civil War interpretive history programs and exhibits for Independence National Park (on July 4), three regional branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia, various academic institutions, the New Jersey State Aquarium, the American Women's Heritage Society at Belmont Mansion, among others.

James S. Guseh James S. Guseh is Professor of Law, Political Economy, and Public Administration at North Carolina Central University. He received his B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University, his M.S. in Economics from the University of Oregon, the joint J.D-M.P.A. in Law and Public Administration from Syracuse University, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Guseh also completed studies at the Hague Academy of International Law. He has taught at the University of Liberia, the State University of New York at Fredonia, Shaw University and several other institutions.

In the government of Liberia, he held senior policy positions: Legal Advisor and Economist in the Ministry of Finance; Assistant Minister of Justice for Economic Affairs-Commercial Transactions in the Ministry of Justice. His research interests include the political economy of development, government reorganization, international law and development, and the economics of defense. His articles are published in various journals, including Current Politics and Economics of the United States, Journal of African Policy Studies, Journal of Macroeconomics, Liberian Studies Journal, and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

George Klay Kieh Jr.

George Klay Kieh Jr. will serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of West Georgia, effective July 1, 2009. Prior to accepting the deanship at UWG, he was professor of political science and dean of International Studies (2001 to 2003) at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. His previous academic appointments were chairman of the Department of Political Science and professor of Political Science and International Studies, and director of the Conflict and Development Studies Project at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia.

George Kieh received his B.A. in political science from the University of Liberia and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Kieh's research interests are in the areas of conflict and peace studies, security studies, American foreign policy, international organizations, democratization, civil society, and the military in Africa. He has authored Dependency and the Foreign Policy of a Small Power: The Liberian Case, other books, numerous monographs, book chapters, and articles in scholarly journals, including The Western Journal of Black Studies, Social Science Journal, Arab Studies Quarterly, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Peace Review, Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement; four others books are forthcoming.

Also a political activist, Dr. Kieh was standard bearer of the New Deal Movement (political party) and a presidential aspirant in the historic October 2005 election in the Republic of Liberia.

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