This book investigates the performance of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) since its inception, focusing on four areas of central concern to African states: decolonization, conflict control, development, and human rights. The authors examine the OAU's record against the challenge of apartheid and the OAU's lack of resources and effective sanctions. They make a number of suggestions for enhancing the OAU's future viability and its ability to address the continent's pressing economic and social needs.
Dr. Amadu Sesay is a lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of Ife, Nigeria. He is coeditor (with Ralph Qnwuka) of The Future of Regionalism in Africa. Dr. Olusola Ojo is senior lecturer in the Department of International Relations at Ife. He is author of Africa and the Arab World and coeditor (with Timothy Shaw) of Africa and the International Political System. Dr. Orobola Fasehun was a lecturer in the Department of International Relations at Ife and has published many articles on Nigerian foreign policy and on the OAU.
Also of Interest -- Preface -- Introduction -- Decolonisation -- The OAU and African Conflicts -- OAU and Economic Development in Africa -- The OAU and Human Rights -- Conclusion: The Future of the OAU-Analysis and Practice -- Appendixes -- Ordinary and Extra-Ordinary Sessions of the Council of Ministers, 1963-1982 -- Ordinary and Extra-ordinary Sessions of African Heads of State and Governments, 1965-1983 -- African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
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