By Ulf Engel, Gorm Rye Olsen

An enormous new dialogue of Africa's position within the overseas procedure. This quantity discusses Africa's position within the overseas process, interpreting the best way the Westphalian method, in gentle of the effect of globalization and transnational networks, keeps to play an incredible function within the structuring of Africa's overseas relations.The e-book presents a pretty good empirical research of key worldwide gamers in Africa - France, the united kingdom, the USA, Japan, Germany, the ecu and the UN - and in their rules in the direction of the zone. within the context of the 'war opposed to terrorism', African political balance turns into a attention of accelerating significance. via reading the relevance of the states within the North, this ebook demanding situations traditional knowledge in contemporary diplomacy pondering. It applies the idea that of an 'international coverage group' 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 financial weight.

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Mazrui, A. A. (1967) Towards a Pax Africana: A Study of Ideology and Ambition, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Reno, W. (1995) Corruption and State Politics in Sierra Leone, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Schraeder, P. J. (2000) ‘Cold War to Cold Peace: explaining US–French Competition in Francophone Africa,’ Political Science Quarterly, 115 (3), 395–419. Stremlau, J. J. (1977) The International Politics of the Nigerian Civil War, Princeton: Princeton University Press. van de Walle, N. (2001) African Economies and the Politics of Permanent Crisis 1979–1999, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

But it is also due to lack of interest among members of parliament, the parties and public opinion. It is only with the genocide in Rwanda and the following crisis of Françafrique that public attention toward French policy in Africa developed. In summary, the French decision-making system on Africa is extremely complex and it is correspondingly difficult to find out what are the priorities and the decisive motives in individual cases. It is a crucial point that the motives and priorities including which institution and which individuals that exert most influence in a specific case is quite simply difficult to predict.

Whatever form it took, it represented to the outside world an idea of Africa as a ‘problem’ for the global system and as a ‘failure’, most directly on the part of African states. Africa had the highest proportion of refugees of any continent in the world, with a heavy impact on uncontrolled human migration. It was the continent by far the worst affected by AIDS, synonymous with the global spread of disease. It was deeply associated with war and human rights violations, and with ‘rebel movements’ like the Revolutionary United Front in Sierra Leone and Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, that were guilty of horrifying and incomprehensible crimes against humanity.

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