The introduction to this book gives a brief background to security in general and security in Africa in particular. The introduction captures key literature in African Security Studies. It further provides a brief but comprehensive context to contemporary African security. In doing so, it makes the argument that most African states exist in a turbulent neighbourhood. In other words, issues emanating from one country quickly become contagious within a specific region. The contagious nature of insecurity in Africa renders the continent particularly vulnerable to war. It is from this context that the inherent and contemporary challenges to African security are analysed in the entire book.
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