Andreas Mehler Ph.D. (1993) in Political Science, University of Hamburg, is Director of the Institute of African Affairs, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg. He has published extensively on democratisation processes and violent conflicts in West and Central Africa. With Henning Melber he is managing editor of Africa Spectrum.
Henning Melber, Ph.D. (1980) in Political Science, University of Bremen, is Executive Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Uppsala/Sweden and Extraordinary Professor at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria. He has published extensively on Southern Africa and in particular Namibia. With Andreas Mehler he is managing editor of Africa Spectrum.
Klaas van Walraven Ph.D. (1997) in Political Science, University of Leiden, is a researcher at the African Studies Centre in Leiden. He has published on Africa’s international relations (OAU, AU, ECOMOG) and is working on a history of the Sawaba rebellion in Niger (1954-1975).
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"For what this series sets out to achieve – to record the critical challenges affecting African nations which consistently place them at the bottom of the HDI rankings – there is no better handbook available." – Thembisa Waetjen, in: Transformation 83 (2013)
"The articles are vivid, interesting, full of information, erudite. Africa is shown to us in all its colourful contradictions, a continent of hope and despair, of war – torn misery and perspectives, of huge investment and of massive corruption, of violence and repression but also of youthful reactions. The Yearbook includes an introduction about sub – Saharan Africa (written by the editors) and two articles, one about the United Nations and Africa and one about African – European relations. Charts with factual overviews are also included, although more analytical charts with facts and maps of the countries in question would be welcome. All in all, the Yearbook is an extremely useful tool for anyone interested in Africa but also an extremely interesting, full in details, book." – Sotirios S. Livas, in: Journal of Oriental and African Studies 22 (2013)