Dr. Walter Bruyère-Ostells is an Associate Professor in Science Po Aix-en-Provence and also teaches at the French Air Force Academy. He received his Ph.D. in History from Paris-Sorbonne University.2016 1-4955-0468-9
The revival of mercenaries is a phenomenon occurring concomitantly with African decolonization. From 1960 to the end of the Cold War mercenaries took part in the development of political and armed violence on the African continent. This book highlights the activities of French mercenaries and provides key witness of their active role in the local turmoil and violence in post-colonial African states with the major players of industry, arms trafficking, non-African actors imposing their influence and the African powers themselves.