'This is the most helpful and illuminating book on a Western country's foreign policy in Africa for a very long time. Porteous takes us behind the scenes into the policy world itself. Rarely have such intricacies been conveyed so compellingly' Jane Guyer, Johns Hopkins University 'A lucid, hugely informative and insightful account of British policy towards Africa under Blair. It should be required reading for today's Ministers and their advisers' - David Mepham, Director of Policy, Save the Children 'Tom Porteous provides an unusually rounded balance-sheet, crisp and without pomp, of the results of Britain's rather overweening policies towards Africa during the Blair years. If the risks of deterioration in the life-chances of most Africans are to be reduced, political and developmental strategy must, he argues, be better informed, less fashion-prone, and less blinkered by a naively conceived counter-terrorism. Seldom does one read such a rounded analysis of these complex interrelated issues.' - Jonathan Benthall, University College London 'A succinct and very useful overview of some of the highs and lows of Britain's Africa policies under the Labour government.' - Paul D. Williams, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University 'In the latest in the 'African Arguments' series, Tom Porteous provides a succinct and very useful overview of some of the highs and lows of Britain's Africa policies under the Labour government ... The book serves as an excellent overview of the issues involved in trying to design and implement policies in a continent as diverse and afflicted as Africa ... He does so with admirable clarity while at the same time remaining sensitive to the genuine dilemmas that confronted the British government' - Paul D. Williams, George Washington University, Journal of Modern African Studies
About the Author
Tom Porteous is currently the London Director of Human Rights Watch.