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Handbook of Africa’s International Relations

Edited by: Tim Murithi

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  September  2013

Print ISBN: 9781857436334
eBook ISBN: 9780203803929
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203803929
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Africa?s international relations have often been defined and oriented by the dominant international and geopolitical agendas of the day. In the aftermath of colonialism the Cold War became a dominant paradigm that defined the nature of the continent?s relationship with the rest of the world. The contemporary forces of globalization are now exerting an undue influence and impact upon Africa?s international relations. Increasingly, the African continent is emerging as a vocal, and in some respects an influential, actor in international relations. There is a lack of analysis and research on this emerging trend. This timely book fills this analytical gap by engaging with a wide range of issues, with chapters written by experts on a variety of themes.

The emerging political prominence of the African continent on the world stage is predicated on an evolving internal process of continental integration. In particular, there are normative and policy efforts to revive the spirit of Pan-Africanism: the 21st century is witnessing the evolution of Pan-Africanism, notably through the constitution and establishment of the African Union (AU). Given the dearth of analysis on this phenomemon, this volume also examines the notion of Pan-Africanism through various lenses ? notably peace and security, development, the environment and trade.

The volume will also engage with the emerging role of the AU as an international actor, e.g. with regard to its role in the reform of the United Nations Security Council, climate change, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the treaty establishing Africa as a nuclear-free zone, Internally Displaced Persons, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), international trade, the environment, public health issues, security, and development issues. This book will assess how the AU?s role as an international actor is complicated by the difficulty of promoting consensus among African states and then maintaining that consensus in the face of often divergent national interests. This book will in part assess the role of the AU in articulating collective and joint policies and in making interventions in international decision and policy-making circles.

The Handbook will also assess the role of African social movements and their relationship with global actors. The role of African citizens in improving their own conditions is often underplayed in the international relations discourse, and this volume will seek to redress this oversight. Throughout the book the various chapters will also assess the role that these citizen linkages have contributed towards continental integration and in confronting the challenges of globalization.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Theoretical approaches to Africa’s international relations Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Pan-Africanism and the international system Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The impact of globalization on Africa Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Africa’s international relations beyond the state Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The African Peace and Security Architecture Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The AU New Partnership for Africa’s Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The African Union and regional economic communities Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The African Charter on Democracy, Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The African Union and a liberal peace agenda to conflict Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Where global meets local Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Africa’s conception of security in transition Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Africa and international trade policy Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Borders and boundaries Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Power sharing as a conflict resolution mechanism in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Africa and international peace operations Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Africa and the International Criminal Court Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Africa, refugees and internally displaced persons Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Responsibility to Protect and Africa’s international relations Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The African Union and the protection of civilians Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Africa and international human rights Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Africa and global climate change Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Africa and the global trade in illicit small arms and light weapons Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Africa and the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Official development assistance to Africa Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Africa and transnational organized crime Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Terrorism and the Islamist challenge in the Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Private military companies in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Africa and the European Union Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Africa’s continental and regional integration Download PDF
Chapter  32:  The European Union promoting human rights and democracy in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Africa and China Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Africa and the US AFRICOM Download PDF
Chapter  35:  India’s sojourn to Africa Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Japan in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  37:  The dynamics of South-South co-operation in the context of Africa and Latin America relations Download PDF
Chapter  38:  IBSA or BRICS Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Iran-Africa relations Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Conclusion Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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