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The AfricaFocus website and AfricaFocus Bulletin are edited and produced by William Minter. Minter has been a writer, researcher, and activist since the mid-1960s, focusing particularly on southern Africa and international issues. He studied at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria in 1961-62 and taught in Tanzania and Mozambique at the secondary school of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) in 1966-68 and 1974-76. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a certificate in African studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Minter worked as a writer, editor, and researcher at Africa News Service (now in Durham, N.C. in 1973 and 1976-82. Based in Washington since 1982, he has combined personal research and writing with contract work for a number of organizations, including policy analysis, writing, and development of computer-mediated communication tools. This has included work for Africa Action and its predecessor organization, the Africa Policy Information Center (APIC), from 1992 through fall 2003, and for the affiliated Washington Office on Africa (WOA), from 1992 to 1997.

Minter's most recent book is No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000, co-edited by Gail Hovey and Charles Cobb, Jr. For more information and to order the book at a discount, visit

Minter has also written numerous articles and research reports on Africa for a wide variety of U.S. and international publications.

A selection of other publications is available on this website at

Earlier articles have appeared, among other places, in the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions 2002 and 2003, The Nation, and Foreign Policy in Focus.

Other Websites edited by William Minter

No Easy Victories
Excerpts, interviews, bibliography, discount order forms, and more for book No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000

Mystery Places
Site for mystery novels with a sense of place.

In addition to No Easy Victories, Minter's other works include five books:

King Solomon's Mines Revisited was a runner-up for the Herskovits prize awarded by the African Studies Association.