African states have been on the periphery of world politics since independence, and they will likely continue to be marginalized as Cold War tensions disappear and economic and political ties to the industrialized world weaken. This book explores Africa's changing position, addressing the region's colonial heritage as well as the historical, economic, and cultural factors that have shaped the continent's standing in world affairs. The contributors also analyze some of the most intense conflicts and examine the evolution of relations with other regions and powers.The second edition of Africa in World Politics has been fully revised and updated to explore trends in the region and the world. The focus on Russia's role in contemporary Africa has been significantly reduced, and francophone Africa and regional organizations have been given increased coverage. In addition, important new issues such as democratization, conflict resolution, territorial concerns, and humanitarian intervention are covered in depth. The result is a thought-provoking and up-to-date text written by leading scholars in their fields.