By Ian Taylor
Finding Africa at the international level, this ebook examines and compares exterior involvement within the continent, exploring the international regulations of significant states and overseas firms in the direction of Africa. The participants paintings inside a political economic system framework which will research how those powers have tried to stimulate democracy, peace and prosperity within the context of neo-liberal hegemony and ask whom those makes an attempt have benefited and failed.
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The ACRI is designed to build military capacity within selected units of national militaries. They would act in concert with other military units when requested by the UN, OAU or regional bodies, but the US would determine membership. From an African perspective, the ACRI’s insistence on determining the criteria for military assistance smacks of ‘neo-colonialism’. As Howe concludes, because of its foreign roots it is a flawed initiative (2001: 275). In fact, the United States’ two most important African partners, Nigeria and South Africa, did not participate.
The Clinton administration’s A Comprehensive Trade and Development Policy for the Countries of Africa: Executive Summary (US Government 1997) notes that, as of 1996, twenty-three African states had reform programmes in effect with the IMF, and thirty-one participated in World Bank-led Special Programmes of Assistance. The Executive Summary adds, ‘if obstacles that hinder investment are removed, benefits will accrue to both the US investors and the African nations’ (1997: 3). But sub-Saharan Africa has remained the orphan of international interest and investment.
This, in turn, depends on the subcutaneous forces and undertows of each of these currents. It is important to look at each of these forces. Realpolitik As noted above, sub-Saharan Africa’s geopolitical importance has waned. However, this may not last, as Africa is rich in four key resources: oil, minerals, gems and timber (Klare 2001: 217). The minerals sector includes such strategic resources as platinum, cobalt, bauxite and manganese. A rejuvenated strategic interest would mean that American national security bureaucracies could be re-engaged.