Africa in International Politics: External Involvement on by Ian Taylor

By Ian Taylor

Finding Africa at the worldwide level, this publication examines and compares exterior involvement within the continent, exploring the international rules of significant states and overseas enterprises in the direction of Africa. The members paintings inside a political economic system framework with a view to learn 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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8 million barrels daily in the next five years (This Day (Lagos), 6 July 2002). By the end of the century, Africa is expected to supply as much as 25 24 James J. Hentz per cent of US oil imports. Finally, there are also reports of interest in a US naval base in the Gulf of Guinea and on the southern tip of South Africa. Why the sudden interest? In the wake of 11 September the US–Saudi Arabian relationship in particular and US–Arab relations in general have become increasingly strained. While during the Cold War the US viewed Africa mainly as a Cold War battleground, oil has changed American perceptions of Africa’s importance.

Hentz As Howe relates, the first assumption underlying the ACRI was that African states and regions would have primary responsibility for their security (2001: 248). Operation Focus Relief under Bill Clinton, for instance, spent $50 million to train and equip units from Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal for deployment to Sierra Leone. A similar logic explains American support for the privatization of security in Africa. In 1997 the Defense Intelligence Agency held a workshop entitled ‘Privatization of National Security in Sub-Saharan Africa’ which supported the notion of private militaries operating in Africa (Reno 2001: 210).

2001) The International Politics of East Africa, Manchester: Manchester University Press. Reno, W. (1998) Warlord Politics and African States, Boulder: Lynne Rienner. Rifkind, M. (1996) ‘Africa – Time to Take Another Look’, speech to the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 28 November, cited in RUSI, Documents on British Foreign and Security Policy: Vol. I: 1995–1997, London: TSO, 1998, pp. 629–36. Schraeder, P. J. (2001) ‘ “Forget the Rhetoric and Boost the Geopolitics”: Emerging Trends in the Bush Administration’s Policy towards Africa, 2001’, African Affairs, 100: 387–404.

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