Partnering regions: Africa’s internal and external strategic relations

junio 14, 2012 – junio 16, 2012

COORDINADORES: Luis Mah | Raquel Freitas

Resumen: In the past decade significant steps have been taken towards regional integration in Africa, through its economic regions and through the African Union. At the same time Africa has been increasingly engaged with partners from other continents, not only Europe, a traditional partner, but above all the emerging powers such as China, India and Brasil.
At the internal level Africa has a number of natural regions where regional groupings are in search of adjustment and viability. Part of the failure of development programs and projects may be related to the fragmented nature of economic relations and the restricted nature of markets in the African continent.
Externally, a key feature that characterises the African Union is its vision of representing a creative and dynamic force in the international arena, which means it is bound to cooperate strategically with other regional groupings, international organizations and states to maximise impact in the world scene. Among the partnerships initiated in the last decade are the Europe-Africa, Africa-South America, Africa-India and Africa-Turkey. Other such partnerships include Franco-African Summit, Africa-United States relationship under AGOA, the Africa-Japan (TICAD), the Africa-China Forum (FOCAC), and Africa-Asia Sub-regional Organisations Conference (AASROC). Others are in the making such as the revitalisation of the Afro-Arab partnership, or the partnership with Korea, Iran, Caribbean, as well as with other international institutions.
This panel invites papers that address two sub-themes: regional integration processes in Africa and the theme of strategic partnerships between Africa and other continents. In particular it would call for papers that explore the “black box” behind these developments, i.e., the political dynamics underpinning the political process leading to these mechanisms, the political, economic and social advantages and the difficulties of establishing such mechanisms; assess their potential impact in terms of the economic development and growth of the continent and how they can be implemented in practice in a continent that is politically complex and significantly diverse.

Idiomas: Inglés, Portugués y Español

Formato: Mesa Redonda


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