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

By Ulf Engel, Gorm Rye Olsen

A tremendous new dialogue of Africa's position within the overseas procedure. This quantity discusses Africa's position within the overseas approach, interpreting the way the Westphalian approach, in gentle of the influence of globalization and transnational networks, keeps to play an important position within the structuring of Africa's foreign relations.The ebook offers a fantastic empirical research of key worldwide avid gamers in Africa - France, the united kingdom, the united states, Japan, Germany, the ecu and the UN - and in their rules in the direction of the quarter. within the context of the 'war opposed to terrorism', African political balance turns into a attention of accelerating value. via examining the relevance of the states within the North, this ebook demanding situations traditional knowledge in contemporary diplomacy pondering. 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 task in worldwide politics out of any share to its monetary weight.

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The first such movement to THE EVOLUTION OF AFRICA’S INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 25 make much of an impact, the Biafran secession of the later 1960s, was as we have seen fairly successfully contained. On the other hand, Biafra showed the way to its successors by building up its own diplomatic network and especially by establishing close connections with a number of Western relief agencies in order to bring in food, and under cover of food, weapons and other essentials, into its beleaguered territory.

The present military doctrine of France is to help African armies to build some kind of international police force that can intervene in other African countries in case of widespread unrest or civil war. This is precisely the aim of the organization named RECAMPS (Bellescize 1999), which receives both economic and military support from France. The organization has conducted military exercises in Senegal, Gabon and Tanzania, with the assistance from France. 34 AFRICA AND THE NORTH In summary, during the 1990s the high-profile policy of military intervention and the military support to a number of non-democratic African rulers started to change.

And the informal system was even more important than the formal one. At the centre of this web of networks was the closest and longest collaborator of De Gaulle, Jacques Foccart, who played the role of a deus ex machina in French African policy during the presidencies of De Gaulle and Pompidou (Péan 1990; Smith and Glaser 1997: 33–63; Médard 2002). He had the reputation of being extremely influential, which to a large extent was based on the trust the presidents granted him. On the other hand, Foccart’s exceptionally good knowledge of the African ruling classes as well as the French elite was his core asset and explains his tremendous influence on French Africa policy.

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