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Security Studies Prof Publishes New Book on African Security Issues

January 07, 2019

Dr. William A. Taylor, an associate professor of security studies at Angelo State University, has published his third book, “Contemporary Security Issues in Africa,” through the Praeger publishing company.

"Contemporary Security Issues in Africa" book cover graphicPublished as part of the “Praeger Security International” book series, Taylor’s new book serves as a comprehensive resource for readers interested in contemporary security issues in Africa. It details the impact of complex challenges in Africa and explains why addressing them grows increasingly important.

Presenting both general overviews and specific case studies, the book provides an excellent introduction to contemporary security issues in Africa, home to more than 30 of the 50 most fragile nations in the world. It covers the last three decades of conflict on the continent, focusing on such topics as weak and failing states, ethnic conflict and civil wars, natural resources and environmental security, political violence and terrorism, piracy and maritime security, food security and poverty, international responses, and future prospects. It also explores the dynamic role that African nations play in influencing international security, and investigates and articulates factors heightening the importance of Africa’s role in international affairs.

“Contemporary Security Issues in Africa” is available in hardcover and e-book through Praeger, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online booksellers.

An ASU faculty member since 2011, Taylor has published two previous books:

  • “Military Service and American Democracy: From World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars” (2016)
  • “Every Citizen a Soldier: The Campaign for Universal Military Training After World War II” (2014) – Won a 2015 Crader Family Book Prize Honorable Mention.

Taylor was also selected in November as the editor of a new book series, “Studies in Civil-Military Relations,” through the University Press of Kansas – and has been named one of five members of the 2019 Distinguished Book Awards Committee for the Society for Military History. He has also contributed to 17 other books and has published more than 65 reference articles and book reviews.

To fund his book research, Taylor has won 14 national fellowships and research grants. He won the 2016 ASU President’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Research/Creative Endeavor and the 2016 Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award. His books are housed in more than 950 libraries throughout the U.S. and in more than 35 countries.

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