Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

Professor
Abdoulaye Saine


PHONE:
 513-529-2489
OFFICE: 225 Harrison Hall
EMAIL: sainea@miamioh.edu

Degrees and Institutions

  • Ph.D., University of Denver
  • M.A., University of Denver
  • M.A., Carleton University
  • B.A. (honors), University of Denver

Selected Publications

Books

  • Not Yet Democracy: West Africa’s Slow Farewell to Authoritarianism. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2005 (With Matt Houngnikpo and Boubacar N’Diaye)
  • The Paradox of Third-Wave Democratization in Africa: The Gambia under AFPRC-APRC Rule, 1994-2008. Roman & Littlefield, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2009 
  • Culture and Customs of Gambia (Greenwood Press, April, 2012)

Edited Books

  • State and Society in The Gambia Since Independence, 1965-2012. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2013 (Edited with Ebrima Ceesay & Ebrima Sall)
  • Elections and Democratization in West Africa, 1990-2009 (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2011)  (with Boubacar N’Diaye and Mathurin Houngnikpo)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  •  “Questioning the Logic of (neo) Realist International Relations Theory, War and Globalization,” Journal of Critical Southern Studies, Vol. 1, (August, 2013), pp. 7-22.
  • “Critical Holistic Educational Model: Re-constructing a (Post-Jammeh) Democratic Society in The Gambia,” Common Ground e-Journal (With Paula Saine, International Journal of Learning, 18, 12, (2012): 311-326.
  • “The Effects of Policies on Consumption Pattern Change in The Gambia,” (with Ousman Gajigo World Bank) Review of African Political Economy Vol. 38, No. 130 (December 2011): 517-536.
  • “Taming the Dragon: Outlining an African Response to Growing Chinese Engagement,” Africa Insight Vol. 40, No. 4 (March 2011): 53-67 (with Steven Hess & Richard Aidoo)
  • Gambia’s 2006 Presidential Elections: Change or Continuity,” African Studies Review 51:1(April 2008): 59-83
  • “The Gambia’s Elected Autocrat: Poverty, Peripherality and Political Instability, 1994-2006: A Political Economy Assessment,” Armed Forces & Society 34:3(2008):451-473
  • “The Presidential and National Assembly Elections, The Gambia 2006 and 2007,” Electoral Studies 27 (2008):165-170
  • “The Gambia’s Changing Political, Economic and Social Landscape,” Africa Insight 33: 3 (2003): 57-64
  • “The October 2001 Presidential Elections in The Gambia,” Electoral Studies 22: 3 (2003): 70-76
  • “Post-Coup Politics in The Gambia,” Journal of Democracy 13: 4 (2003):167-72
  • “The Military and Human Rights in The Gambia,” Journal of Third World Studies XIX: II (2002):167-178 
  • “The Soldier-Turned Presidential Candidate: A Comparison of Flawed Transitions in Ghana and Gambia,” Journal of Political and Military Sociology 28: 2 (2000): 191-209
  • “The Gambia’s Foreign Policy Since the Coup; 1994-1999,” Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 38: 2 (2000): 73-88
  • “The Political Economy of Human Rights: State Sovereignty and Humanitarian Military Interventions in the Post Cold-War Era,” International Politics 36: 4 (1999): 550-557
  • “The Military’s Managed Transition to “Civilian” Rule in The Gambia,” Journal of Political and Military Sociology 26: 2 (1998): 157-168
  • “Vision 2020,” The Gambia’s Neo-Liberal Strategy for Social and Economic Development,” Western Journal of Black Studies 16: 4 (1997): 92-98
  • “The 1996/1997 Presidential and national Assembly Elections in The Gambia,” Electoral Studies (1997): 554-59
  • “Coup d’etat in The Gambia, 1994: The End of the First Republic,” Armed Forces & Society 23:1 (1996): 97-111
  • “Anglo-American Realist Theories of International Politics: An Afrocentric Critique,” Western Journal of Black Studies 20: 1 (1996): 73-80
  • “A Note on U.S. Foreign Policy and Aid to Africa,” International Education Forum 11: 2 (1991): 50-55

Chapters in Peer-Reviewed Books

  • “Globalization, Islam and “The Global War on Terror” in West Africa” in Globalization and Sustainable Development in Africa, Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2011(Editor, Bessie House-Soromekun), pp. 404-419
  • “The Social Construction of Africa and Africans in Western Mass Media,” in Retracing Africa: A Multi-disciplinary Study of African Societies, History and Culture. Salome Nnoromele, et al.,  (ed). Boulder: Lynne Rienner Press (January 2012)
  • “Realizing Women’s Equality Rights in Africa: The Delicate Balance between Culture and the Universality of Rights,” Topical Issues in African Development (Edited by Atia Apusigah), Tamale, Ghana: University for Development Studies, 2010 (with Franciska Issaka, Florence Nakazibwe, Jill Irvine, and Margaret Mary Issaka): 46-75
  • The Global War on Terror,” Islam and AFRICOM: A Military and Insecurity Architecture in West Africa” in West Africa and the Global War on Terror. Columbus: Ohio State University Press (Editor, Kelechi Kalu, forthcoming 2012)
  • “Gambia,” in Andreas Mehler, Henning Melber & Klaas van Walraven (Eds.) Africa Year Book: Politics, Economy and Society South of The Sahara. Liden/Boston: Brill (2009)
  • “Gambia,” in Andreas Mehler, Henning Melber & Klaas van Walraven (Eds.) Africa Year Book: Politics, Economy and Society South of The Sahara. Liden/Boston: Brill (2008)“National-Security Governance in The Gambia,” in Alan Bryden, Boubacar N’Diaye & Funmi Olonisakin (Eds.) Challenges of Security Sector Governance in West Africa. Geneva: Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), (2008): 93-109
  • “Gambia,” in Andreas Mehler, Henning Melber & Klaas van Walraven (Eds.) Africa Year Book: Politics, Economy and Society South of The Sahara. Liden/Boston: Brill (2007): 87-92
  • “Gambia,”in Andreas Mehler, Henning Melber & Klaas van Walraven (Eds.) Africa Year Book: Politics, Economy and Society South of The Sahara. Liden/Boston: Brill (2006): 85-89
  • “Gambia,” in Andreas Mehler, Henning Melber & Klaas van Walraven (Eds.) Africa Year Book: Politics, Economy and Society South of The Sahara. Liden/Boston: Brill (2005): 74-80
  • “Gambia: The Military and Foreign Policy,” in Jeanne A. K. Hey (Ed) Explaining Small State Foreign Policy. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers (2003): 117-134
  • “The Military and Democratization in The Gambia,” Julius Ihonvbere & John Mbaku (Eds.) Political Liberalization and Democratization in Africa: Lessons From Country Experiences. Westport, CT: Praeger, 179-96
  • “Democracy in Africa: Constraints and Prospects,” in Bernard Logan & Kidane Mengisteab (Eds.) Beyond Economic Liberalization: Structural Adjustment and the Alternatives. London: Zed Press (1995): 182-193
  • “The October 2001 Presidential Elections in The Gambia,” in Math Houngnikpo, Boubacar N’Diaye & Abdoulaye Saine) Not Yet Democracy: West Africa’s Slow Farewell to Authoritarianism, Durham: Carolina Academic Press (2005): 79-104

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Gambia at a Crossroads (commissioned by Freedom House, New York, forthcoming December 2012)
  • “The Gambia: Deepening Authoritarianism and Economic Crisis.” Africa Contemporary Record (2007)
  • “The Gambia: History and Politics,” New Encyclopedia of Africa, John Middleton and Joseph Miller (Eds.) Detroit/ New York: Thomson/Gale, (2008): 434-436

Selected Newspaper, Magazine and Online Publications

  • Violence against Women (Wife-beating): A Bastion of Male-domination that Must End.
  • Why the bad-rap about Nigeria?
  • “Under His Thumb: Yahya Jammeh and His Alleged AIDS Cure” BBC Focus on Africa Magazine (January/March 2009): 36-37 (Also published in Nigeria’s daily, The Daily Trust, Nigeria (December 20, 2008)
  • “Gambia”: Home Truths from Abroad, New African 384 (2000): 44-46
  • “Condi Rice as You Never Knew Her,” New African (2004)
  • “Time for Meaningful Change and Not Celebration of Broken Promises and Failed Policies,” The Independent (Gambia) (July 2004)
  • “Report on The Gambia,” The Point Newspaper (Gambia)(July 2002)
  • “It is Time to Heal: Toward Truth Telling, National Reconciliation and Justice in The Gambia,” The Independent (Gambia) (serialized January 14 & 16, 2000)
  • “The Gambia at a Crossroads,” Gambia-L (September 2000)
  • “Dawda K. Jawara: The Man, His Politics and Legacy,” The Point (Gambia) (April, 2000)
  • “Women’s Rights as Human Rights,” Gambia-L (October 2000)

Selected Book Reviews

  • Review of Tijan Sallah et al.,   Chinua Achebe, Teacher of Light: A Biography. African Studies Review (2005) 38: 2(173-174\
  • Review of Abdullah A. An-na’im’s Cultural Transformation and Human Rights in Africa, Journal of Modern African Studies 42: 4 (2004): 637-638
  • Mohamad Salih, African Politics and African Democracies, Journal of Modern African Studies 41:2 (Winter 2003)
  • Omar Touray, The Gambia and the World: A History of the Foreign Policy of Africa’s Smallest State, 1965-1995. Journal of Modern African Studies 39: 2 (2001): 384-385
  • Dele Olowu, et al., Governance and Democratization in West Africa, Journal of Modern African Studies 39: 2 (2001): 377-379
  • Badu, International Banking and Rural Development in Africa, Journal of Modern African Studies 37: 3 (1999): 53538
  • Sulayman S. Nyang, Islam in the United States of America, Middle East Policy 6: 4 (1999): 207-208
  • Chuka Onwumechili, African Democratization and Military Coups, Journal of Modern African Studies 23: 5 (1999): 737-738
  • Judith Tendler, Good Governance in the Tropics, Journal of Developing Areas 32: 3 (1998): 411-413

Selected Book Reviews published Online

(As a scholar on The Gambia and West Africa, I am asked to review most books that are written on The Gambia.  I am also asked by newspapers to do so.  This accounts for the many book-reviews published Online).

  • Kenneth Swindell and Alieu Jeng, Migrants, Credit and Climate: The Gambian Groundnut Trade, 1834-1934; Jeggan C. Senghor, The Politics of Senegambian Integration, 1958-1994 (The Gambia Echo, Online Newspaper, October 11, 2008)
  • Arnold Hughes and David Perfect, A Political History of The Gambia, 1816-1994 (AllGambian.Net, November 9, 2006)
  • Ebrima Ceesay, The Military and Democratization in The Gambia: 1994-2003 (The Gambia Echo January 14, 2007)
  • Lt. Col. (Retired), Samsudeen Sarr, Coup d’eta t by The Gambia National Army (The Gambia Echo, July 16, 2007)The Paradox of Third-Wave Democratization in Africa: The Gambia under AFPRC-APRC Rule, 1994-2008. Lexington Books/Roman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Lanham, MD, 2009.

Work in Progress

Dr. Saine's teaching, research, and service center primarily on his expertise in international relations theory, comparative politics/ African Studies, international political-economy and critical theory. Together, they shape his research on civil-military relations, democracy, democratization, elections, human and human rights in The Gambia, West Africa/ Africa and the developing world.  While his work has focused on The Gambia (with impressive results in this regard), The Gambia serves as a laboratory for engaging in broader theoretical and conceptual discussions and debates central to the fields of comparative, international politics, international political economy and African Studies.

Grants, Awards, and Professional Activities

  • Received internal grants to the tune of $50,000 to support my research and host a conference on "Elections and Democratization in West Africa at Miami University in April, 2008

  • Serve on several Academic Advisory Boards

  • Fellow Armed Forces & Society

  • Paradox of Democratization in Africa (latest book) has been nominated for two book awards.

  • 2014 Distinguished Scholar Award (Miami University)