Africa in Global Politics in the Twenty-First Century: A Pan-African Perspective

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In the twenty-first century, Africa has emerged as an important source of the United States' energy imports and the world's natural resources, the epicenter of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, and one of the key battlegrounds in the fight against terrorism. Focusing on major players such as Nigeria, South Africa, and the African Union, this valuable collection offers a comprehensive portrait of Africa in a global political context, even as it argues forcefully that external solutions will never be sufficient to meet...

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Overview

In the twenty-first century, Africa has emerged as an important source of the United States' energy imports and the world's natural resources, the epicenter of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, and one of the key battlegrounds in the fight against terrorism. Focusing on major players such as Nigeria, South Africa, and the African Union, this valuable collection offers a comprehensive portrait of Africa in a global political context, even as it argues forcefully that external solutions will never be sufficient to meet the myriad challenges facing the continent.

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"A detailed account of Africa in global politics with a special emphasis on its numerous problems and suggestions for resolution. The analysis is rich in its treatment of subregional and continental organizations such as the Southern African Development Community, for example. There is an equally detailed analysis of the role that Nigeria played in liberating South Africa from the racist apartheid in South Africa... the author offers a number of very useful suggestions for African progress and development... Recommended." - E. Conteh-Morgan, CHOICE

'Anchored in an historical context and a Pan-African perspective, Abegunrin analyzes the dynamic forces and issues that shape Africa's international relations in the 21st century. The cooperation and sometimes rivalry between Nigeria and South Africa in the pursuit of their national interests, that each claims to be informed by the collective interests of Africa, is astutely highlighted. The challenges of poverty, underdevelopment, democratization, politicized ethnicity, civil conflict, foreign exploitation and intervention, weak political leadership, corruption, militarization and the quest for peace, justice, security and the integration and consolidation of nations are probed from a Pan-African perspective. Abegunrin persuasively argues that 'African problems must be confronted and solved by African themselves. African leaders and governments should stop the attitude of self 'en-slavery' to the West.' This work illuminates the continuous relevance of the ideas of visionary Pan-Africanists like Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere for solving the problems of Africa in the 21st century.' - Mae C. King, Professor of Political Science, Howard University, USA, and author of Basic Currents of Nigerian Foreign Policy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137306371
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/3/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Olayiwola Abegunrin is Professor of International Relations and African Studies, Department of Political Science, Howard University, Washington, D.C, USA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Nigeria and the Struggle for the Liberation of South Africa
Nigeria and South Africa in the Global Forum
Post-Apartheid South Africa: New Challenges and Dilemmas
Southern African Development Community and the New South Africa
Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflicts in Africa
Peace, Security, and Human Survival in Africa
From Organization of African Unity to African Union
New Partnership for Africa's Development: Politics of Dependence
Pan-Africanism and Unity: A Wake-Up Call to Africans
Selected Bibliography
Index

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