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African Engagements: Africa Negotiating an Emerging Multipolar World
The Nordic Africa Institute, Agrarian Change, Property and Resources.
The Nordic Africa Institute, Agrarian Change, Property and Resources.
2011 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

With the end of the Cold War, the world seemed to move from a bipolar to a unipolar system, with the neoliberal West globally imposing its laws. However, it has been acknowledged that other actors, such as China, India and Brazil, have become increasingly influential, helping to lead to a new multipolarity at the global level. The question of what this emerging multipolarity means for Africa is important. Will Africa become crushed in a mounting struggle over raw materials and political hegemony between superpowers and fall victim to a new scramble for Africa? Or does this new historic juncture offer African countries and groups greater room for negotiation and manoeuvring, eventually leading to stronger democracy and enhanced growth? The chapters in this volume offer food for thought on how Africa’s engagements with the world are currently being reshaped and revalued, and, importantly—on whose terms?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden; Boston: Brill , 2011. , 389 p.
Series
Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies, ISSN 1574-6925 ; 7
Keyword [en]
Foreign relations, Self-determination, International economic relations, Globalization, Economic conditions, Political conditions, Africa
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1409ISBN: 9789004209886 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-1409DiVA: diva2:428429
Note
CONTENTS: 1. African engagements: On whose terms? Africa negotiating an emerging multipolar world/Ton Dietz, Kjell Havnevik, Mayke Kaag & Terje Oestigaard -- PART I. NEW TRENDS AND TENDENCIES IN AFRICA -- 2. Trends in transnational political engagement in Africa: The promises of NEPAD/Samuel Teshale Derbe -- 3. Political topographies of private security in Sub-Saharan Africa/Peer Schouten -- 4. The neoliberalisation of nature in Africa/Bram Büscher -- 5. Foreign land acquisitions in Madagascar: Competing jurisdiction of access claims/Sandra Evers, Perrine Burnod, Andrianirina Ratsialonana Rivo & André Teyssier -- 6. Mobilising Brazil as 'significant other' in the fight for HIV/Aids treatment in South Africa: The Treatment Action Campaging (TAC) and its global allies/Wiebe Nauta -- 7. Beyond negotiating a multipolar world: Sudan's non-Western development cooperation alternative/Mohamed Salih -- PART II. FRAMING MULTIPOLARITY -- 8. How does the Chinese involvement in the African continent affect African sovereignty in the context of the changing nature of power?/Susanne van der Lugt -- 9. China into Africa: Conflict or the triumph of Western order?/Gorm Rye Olsen -- 10. Railway time: Technology transfer and the role of Chinese experts in the history of TAZARA/Liu Haifang & Jamie Monson -- 11. China-Africa relations: The relevance of strategic engagement of African civil society organisations with China/Antkony Otieno Ong'ayo -- 12. New topographies of power? Africa negotiating an emerging multipolar world/Simona Vittorini & David Harris -- 13. The Obama administrations' engagements in Africa within historical context: Great expectations versus daunting challenges/Peter J. Schraeder -- PART III. NEW SPACE FOR AFRICAN ENGAGEMENTS? 14. Public policy formation in Africa in the wake of the global financial meltdown: Building blocks for a New Mind in a multipolar world/Lloyd G.A. Amoah -- 15. Aligning and harnessing the gains of globalisation to an African advantage: Towards 'glo-fricanisation'/Lawrence Ogbo Ugwuanyi -- 16. Africa in the world: A historical view/Stephen EllisAvailable from: 2011-06-30 Created: 2011-06-30 Last updated: 2011-12-21Bibliographically approved

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