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Some Thoughts on Rebuilding African State Capability

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Washington University Law Quarterly


Communism has collapsed, the United States is now the only superpower, and modem information technology has created a global neighborhood. As American capital and technology seek foreign markets, the viability of the world's second largest continent should be of at least some interest to the American lawyer. I want to talk about what the World Bank in its 1997 World Development Report has called a "Crisis of Statehood-A Crisis of Capability" in Sub-Saharan Africa in particular and in Africa in general and how the African States in cooperation with the international community might respond to it.