The International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa

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Despite the myth of marginality and irrelevance, Africa has always been inextricably linked to the global stage and has long played an important - often-vital - role in international politics. Critically analyzing the modalities of governance in large parts of Africa, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the continent's international relations, arguing that contra to the notion that Africa is a passive bystander to global processes, its elites have generally proven themselves excellent arch-manipulators ...

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Overview

Despite the myth of marginality and irrelevance, Africa has always been inextricably linked to the global stage and has long played an important - often-vital - role in international politics. Critically analyzing the modalities of governance in large parts of Africa, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the continent's international relations, arguing that contra to the notion that Africa is a passive bystander to global processes, its elites have generally proven themselves excellent arch-manipulators of the international system. Chapters on American, British, French, Chinese, Indian and European interactions with the continent engage with chapters on the role of the World Bank and IMF and the "new" scramble for Africa's oil to explain such processes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826434906
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Taylor is professor of international relations at the University of st Andrews and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Formerly of the University of Botswana, he has taught African politics for many years and has conducted research in and/or visited 31 African countries. He is the author of many works, includingThe United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Routledge); China and Africa: Engagement and Compromise
(Routledge). He has writtennumerous articles on African politics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Africa's International Relations 1

Ch. 1 The Times They Are(n't) A-changing: American Policies in Africa 24

Ch. 2 Of Spin and Mirrors: Britain and New Labour's Policies toward Africa 35

Ch. 3 Effronterie Magnifique: Between La Rupture and Realpolitik in Franco-African Relations 51

Ch. 4 Back to the Future? The Rising Chinese Relationship with Africa 69

Ch. 5 Hands across the Water: Indian Engagement in Africa 83

Ch. 6 The Empire(s) Strike Back? The European Union and Africa 98

Ch. 7 Why Do We Need Political Scientists? Africa and the International Financial Institutions 113

Ch. 8 Oil and Its Impact on Africa's International Relations 130

Bibliography 145

Index 165

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