European Union In Africa the - Adekeye Adebajo (Paperback)

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Barcode
9781868145751
Department
Books
Released
12 Jun 2012
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Authors
Adekeye Adebajo (Editor)
Kaye Whiteman (Editor)
Binding
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Blue Weaver
Language
English
Number of Pages
526
Dimensions
230 x 150mm

Summary

This book offers a holistic and comprehensive assessment of the European Union's (EU) relations with Africa focusing on their historical, political, socio-economic and cultural dimensions. In the high imperial period from the nineteenth century, some in Europe advocated the idea of "Eurafrique" - a formula for putting Africa's resources at the disposal of Europe's industries. After tracing Europe's historical attempts to remodel relations following African independence from the 1960s and Europe's own quest for unity, the book examines the current strategic dimensions of the relationship, especially the place of Africa in Europe's own need for global partnerships. Key issues are then analysed, from trade and investment to the growing priorities of security and governance, offering case histories of the role of key European players in Africa - France, Britain, Portugal and the Nordics - within the context of the EU. The volume concludes by examining the important issues of migration and identity, especially in view of Europe's controversial immigration policies and complex relations with the Maghreb and Meditarranean, as well as perceptions of past and current European identity. The study concludes that Africa and Europe still appear not to have fully escaped the burdens of history, and examines the feasibility of elaborating and practising, in future, an "Afro-Europa": a new relationship of genuine equality, partnership, and mutual self-interest between both continents that sheds the baggage of the "Eurafrique" past.

Classification

General Subject
Politics/Intl Relations
BISAC Subject 1
Political Science / International Relations / General
BIC Classification 1
EU & European institutions

Author Bio

Adekeye Adebajo is Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Cape Town, South Africa. He was previously an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York, and served on United Nations (UN) missions in South Africa, Western Sahara, and Iraq.

Dr Adebajo is the author of Building Peace in West Africa (2002); Liberia's Civil War (2002); The Curse of Berlin: Africa After the Cold War (2010); and UN Peacekeeping in Africa (2011). He is co-editor of Managing Armed Conflicts in the Twenty-First Century (2001); West Africa's Security Challenges (2004); Essays on Africa and the United Nations (2006); South Africa in Africa (2007); Nigeria's Foreign Policy After the Cold War (2008); and editor of From Global Apartheid to Global Village: Africa and the United Nations (2009). He obtained his doctorate from Oxford University in England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and also received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in 2010.

Kaye Whiteman is a journalist/writer on African affairs. From 1973 to 1982, he was a senior information official at the European Commission in Brussels, working on development issues. He is currently a London-based Editorial Adviser to Business Day (Nigeria) and writes for other publications such as The Guardian, The Annual Register, Afrique Asie and Geopolitique Africaine. Between 2001 and 2003, he was based at Business Day in Lagos, Nigeria. Between 1999 and 2000, he was Director of Information and Public Affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. He was formerly, for 17 years, variously Editor-in-Chief, General Manager; and Managing Editor, of the London-based weekly magazine West Africa. He is an MA graduate in history from Oxford University, England, and has written extensively on Europe-Africa relations, West African affairs, and the Commonwealth, including a monograph Chad (1989) for the Minority Rights Group.