Africa and the North: Between Globalization and by Ulf Engel, Gorm Rye Olsen

By Ulf Engel, Gorm Rye Olsen

An enormous new dialogue of Africa's position within the foreign approach. This quantity discusses Africa's position within the overseas process, analyzing the way the Westphalian approach, in mild of the influence of globalization and transnational networks, keeps to play an immense position within the structuring of Africa's overseas relations.The ebook offers a superior empirical research of key worldwide gamers in Africa - France, the united kingdom, the USA, Japan, Germany, the ecu and the UN - and in their guidelines in the direction of the area. within the context of the 'war opposed to terrorism', African political balance turns into a attention of accelerating value. through reading the relevance of the states within the North, this ebook demanding situations traditional knowledge in fresh diplomacy considering. It applies the concept that of an 'international coverage neighborhood' to bridge the distance among the 'domestic' and the 'international', explaining why Africa keeps a job in worldwide politics out of any percentage to its fiscal weight.

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On the other hand, diaspora Africans established outside the continent have re-injected themselves back into it as businessmen and women, politicians and activists with a concern for African issues, and supporters of political movements within the continent. The EPLF in Eritrea and the RPF in Rwanda were particularly successful in organizing their constituencies outside their home country in support of the insurgencies and later the victorious regimes that they were running within it. Africa remains a peculiar part of the global system.

The common understanding of Africa’s significance to France explains the lack of real changes in the Africa policy when power changed hands from the right to the left in 1981. And basically it is the common perception held by the elite that explains the inability of the decision-makers to meet the challenges that the French Africa policy faced after the end of the Cold War. The existence of the common political culture goes back to the universalism of the French Revolution, which inspired the idea of ‘assimilation’ and mission civilisatrice (civilizing mission) which was used as a mode of legitimizing French colonialism and later also French neo-colonialism.

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