Africa in International Politics: External Involvement on by Ian Taylor PDF

By Ian Taylor

ISBN-10: 0415318580

ISBN-13: 9780415318587

Finding Africa at the international level, this e-book examines and compares exterior involvement within the continent, exploring the international regulations of significant states and foreign firms in the direction of Africa. The individuals paintings inside of a political financial system framework with a view to examine how those powers have tried to stimulate democracy, peace and prosperity within the context of neo-liberal hegemony and ask whom those makes an attempt have benefited and failed.

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The post-Cold War era American foreign policy towards Africa in the post-Cold War era has witnessed the continuation of Cold War themes. However, the dynamic relationship between the realpolitik, Hamiltonianism and Meliorist currents may lead to new directions in US foreign policy for Africa. Interestingly, with the toppling of the Berlin Wall, the diminishing geopolitical – even the geoeconomic – importance of Africa, together with the CNN effect, may have strengthened the Meliorist current. Each will be examined in turn.

The relative strengths of the three currents, realpolitik, Hamiltonianism and Meliorism, determine whether it can take a new course. This, in turn, depends on the subcutaneous forces and undertows of each of these currents. It is important to look at each of these forces. Realpolitik As noted above, sub-Saharan Africa’s geopolitical importance has waned. However, this may not last, as Africa is rich in four key resources: oil, minerals, gems and timber (Klare 2001: 217). The minerals sector includes such strategic resources as platinum, cobalt, bauxite and manganese.

With these new issues comes a range of interested parties. Thus, ironically, while the US government, as one collective actor, may be losing interest, other actors have become more interested. In the early years of this millennium, Africa’s place in US policy remains the same as always – distant and marginalized. The relative strengths of the three currents, realpolitik, Hamiltonianism and Meliorism, determine whether it can take a new course. This, in turn, depends on the subcutaneous forces and undertows of each of these currents.

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