This book reviews the various ideologies and policies that independent African states have used to enhance their power and status in the world through a range of political, security, and economic strategies of inter-African cooperation and integration. Against the background of the ideology of Eurafrica, which informs Europes and Frances evolving relationship with Africa, the author assesses the prospects of the counter-ideology of Pan-Africanism. Africas economic, political, cultural, and geostrategic relations with Europewithin the framework of the successive Lome Conventionand with Francewithin the framework of La Francophone and Franco-African cooperation systemare thoroughly examined.
An overview of the numerous inter-state and intra-state border, ethnic, religious, and political conflicts which have erupted throughout Africa since the end of the Cold War leads to an examination of various inter-African peacemaking and peacekeeping strategies and policies. These have evolved at the regional (Organization of African Unity) and sub-regional levels where African organizations aimed at economic cooperations and integration (such as Ecowas, IGAD, and SADC) are increasingly assuming a collective security dimension. The response of the international community to the challenge of humanitarian assistance to African refugees is also examined.
Against the background of contending notions of Afro-pessimism and Afro-optimism, the author considers various political and economic strategies of cooperation and integration. Throughout this engaging new book, Martin adopts a distinctly Pan-African approach. He argues that economic, political, and military unity among African states is necessary to enhance the power and status of African states in the contemporary world system.
- Publisher : Africa World Press (June 1, 2000)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0865438579
- ISBN-13 : 978-0865438576
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 8.75 inches