State crisis and regional projects in Africa

1 May 2006
A new book on the role of regionalism in Africa proposes a reflection on the cooperative mechanisms for managing peace, security and crisis issues in States. A look at the historical complexity of African State formation is combined with a proposal for the architecture of regional security for the future. This is a thought-provoking reading for the community of international donors, concerned about individual State building.

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About the authors

Mariano Aguirre

Mariano Aguirre is managing director of the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF). A journalist and analyst on the Middle East, US foreign policy, international conflicts, peacebuilding and peacekeeping, he has written, co-authored and edited several books, among them: La ideología neoimperial: La crisis de EEUU con Irak (Icaria/TNI/CIP 2003), co-authored with Phyllis Bennis and "Humanitarian intervention & us hegemony: a reconceptualization" in Achin Vanaik (Ed.), Selling US Wars, Interlink publishing / Transnational Institute (2007). His most recent contribution is a chapter in Megacities. The Politics of Urban Exclusion and Violence in the Global South , eds, Kees Koonings and Dirk Kruijt, Zed Books, 2009.

He is a regular contributor to La Vanguardia, El País, Radio France International, OpenDemocracy, The Broker, Le Monde diplomatique, and other international media.

Aguirre holds an MPhil in Peace and Conflict Studies from Trinity College, Dublin, and was a programme officer for the Ford Foundation in New York. He is a fellow of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam. He is professor in postgraduate studies at the Autonomous University of Lisbon, The Human Rights Institute at the Deusto University in Bilbao, and the Ortega y Gasset Institute in Madrid.