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

By Ulf Engel, Gorm Rye Olsen

A huge new dialogue of Africa's position within the overseas process. This quantity discusses Africa's position within the foreign procedure, interpreting the best way the Westphalian method, in mild of the influence of globalization and transnational networks, maintains to play an important function within the structuring of Africa's foreign relations.The publication offers an exceptional empirical research of key international avid gamers in Africa - France, the united kingdom, the USA, Japan, Germany, the ecu and the UN - and in their regulations in the direction of the zone. within the context of the 'war opposed to terrorism', African political balance turns into a attention of accelerating value. by way of examining the relevance of the states within the North, this ebook demanding situations traditional knowledge in fresh diplomacy pondering. It applies the idea that of an 'international coverage group' to bridge the space among the 'domestic' and the 'international', explaining why Africa keeps a task in international politics out of any percentage to its monetary weight.

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The NGO invasion took many forms, including famine relief, human rights monitoring, conflict resolution, election monitoring, health care, and environmental projects. 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.

At the same time, under the formula of ‘African ownership’, it sought to insist that African rather than external institutions would determine how this dispensation was implemented. Since the success of NEPAD depended heavily on its ability to attract aid and investment to Africa, this effectively required broad acceptance by major outside states and international institutions of the means by which it would actually be policed. Despite the establishment of the cumbersome ‘peer review’ mechanisms, it soon became clear that the level of conditionality African states were prepared to impose on one another did not remotely approach that imposed by external donors.

At another level, ‘pentecostalist’ churches associated with the Christian right in the US extended their support rapidly through the continent generally, with much less liberal political agendas. The churches, along with professional associations, human rights groups and other organizations, helped to form the ‘civil society’ through which Western states and non-state actors sought to construct the social base for democracy and ‘good governance’ in Africa. In a globalized world, indeed, it becomes less and less possible or indeed meaningful to determine even who is or who is not ‘African’.

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