Integrating Africa

Author: Martin Welz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415522013
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The African Union (AU) is a continental organization that comprises every African state except for Morocco, is indeed a pioneering undertaking. Its ambitious aim is to integrate all member states, with the ultimate goal of forming the United States of Africa. Despite several attempts to build a union, the AU has remained an intergovernmental organization, one reason being a perceived unwillingness of the AU states to pool their national sovereignties. This study seeks to comprehend why Africa's integration process has not moved towards a supranational organization, using a novel approach. It shifts the usual perspective away from the organization level and provides the first comprehensive and systematic analysis of the AU from the perspective of the states themselves. It includes 8 comprehensive case studies: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mauritius, South African, Swaziland, Uganda and Zimbabwe to help understand their foreign policy and provide key insights into why they are (un)willing to yield sovereignty. This work will be of great interest to students and scholars of African politics, international relations and international organizations.

Global Institutions of Religion

Author: Katherine Marshall
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113667344X
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This work fills a significant gap in the current literature by providing a concise introduction to religious institutions and an insightful analysis of their role in world affairs. Focusing on formal institutions specifically dedicated to governing religious communities, the work examines the intersections between religious and other global institutions, set against the fundamental question: why and how do these intersections matter? The work explores the role of religion within key issues including Human rights Human security International development and humanitarian relief Climate change Moral responsibilities The new forms that religious institutions are taking, their fit with human rights and democratic ideals, their changing nature in plural societies, are a highly relevant part of the global institutional picture and this book is essential reading for all students and scholars of global institutions, international relations and religion.

The African Union

Author: Samuel M. Makinda
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317420292
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Fully revised and updated, the second edition of The African Union continues to offer the most comprehensive overview of the work of the African Union (AU), with special emphasis on its capacity to meet the challenges of building and sustaining governance institutions and security mechanisms. This new edition: Re-examines the African Union at the historic moment of the golden jubilee of the OAU, its predecessor. It examines the AU’s efforts in its first decade, points out some of the organization’s weaknesses, and posits options for addressing more effectively the challenges of peace, security, and governance in coming years. Critically reviews several arrangements and initiatives, including the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Analyses performance of key institutions and programs of the AU, including the Commission, the Executive Council, the Assembly, and the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) as well as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Discusses how far instability and insecurity on the continent are consequences of bad governance and the lack of strategic leadership. Considers how the absence of a clearly articulated ideology may undermine the implementation of the AU Agenda. In addition to offering revised and updated chapters throughout, this edition includes one new chapter, which critically discusses the AU’s new international partnerships. With an emphasis on the current work of the AU and a view to the future of the organization, this book is essential reading for students and scholars researching African Politics and international organizations.

Africa since 1940

Author: Frederick Cooper
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107651344
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Frederick Cooper's book on the history of decolonization and independence in Africa is part of the textbook series New Approaches to African History. This text will help students understand the historical process out of which Africa's position in the world has emerged. Bridging the divide between colonial and post-colonial history, it allows readers to see just what political independence did and did not signify and how men and women, peasants and workers, religious leaders and local leaders sought to refashion the way they lived, worked, and interacted with each other.

Africa in the Wider World

Author: Richard Downie
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 144224027X
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In this collection of essays, regional and functional experts from CSIS consider Africa’s current place in the world, including trade and investment, peace and security, and democracy and good governance.

Legacies

Author: F. Paul Wilson
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 1250196817
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Repairman Jack isn't your average appliance repairman--he fixes situations for people, often risking his own life. Jack has no last name, no social security number, works only for cash, and has no qualms when it comes to seeing that the job gets done. Dr. Alicia Clayton, a pediatrician who treats children with AIDS, is full of secrets, and she has just inherited a house that holds another. Haunted by painful memories, Alicia wants the house destroyed--but somehow everyone she enlists to help ends up violently killed. The house holds a powerful secret, and Alicia's charmless brother Thomas seems willing to do anything to get his hands on that secret himself. But not if Repairman Jack can find it first! At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Britain France and the Decolonization of Africa

Author: Andrew W.M. Smith
Publisher: UCL Press
ISBN: 1911307738
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Looking at decolonization in the conditional tense, this volume teases out the complex and uncertain ends of British and French empire in Africa during the period of ‘late colonial shift’ after 1945. Rather than view decolonization as an inevitable process, the contributors together explore the crucial historical moments in which change was negotiated, compromises were made, and debates were staged. Three core themes guide the analysis: development, contingency and entanglement. The chapters consider the ways in which decolonization was governed and moderated by concerns about development and profit. A complementary focus on contingency allows deeper consideration of how colonial powers planned for ‘colonial futures’, and how divergent voices greeted the end of empire. Thinking about entanglements likewise stresses both the connections that existed between the British and French empires in Africa, and those that endured beyond the formal transfer of power. Praise for Britain, France and the Decolonization of Africa '…this ambitious volume represents a significant step forward for the field. As is often the case with rich and stimulating work, the volume gestures towards more themes than I have space to properly address in this review. These include shifting terrains of temporality, spatial Scales, and state sovereignty, which together raise important questions about the relationship between decolonization and globalization. By bringing all of these crucial issues into the same frame,Britain, France and the Decolonization of Africa is sure to inspire new thought-provoking research.' - H-France vol. 17, issue 205

Sovereignty After Empire

Author: Sally N Cummings
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748675396
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This is a unique, systematic comparison of empires and of their consequences for sovereignty in the Middle East and Central Asia. It brings theory on empire and sovereignty to bear on empirical variation across the two regions.

From Global Apartheid to Global Village

Author: Adekeye Adebajo
Publisher: University of Natal Press
ISBN: 9781869141721
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This comprehensive collection, written by an eminent group of Pan-African scholars and practitioners, is of critical significance to Africaâ?¦fills a crucial gap in the literature and should help encourage strong Southern voices to contribute to debates on the UN that are often dominated by the North. ~ Boutros Boutros-Ghali, United Nations Secretary-General, 1992-1996 *** No African scholar has followed more closely for well over a decade the UN's decisions relating to the continent than Adekeye Adebajo. This volumeâ?¦brings together many of Africa's leading scholars on and practitioners of international relations to address aspects of the UN's influence on Africa and Africa's role in shaping wider patterns of UN decision-making. It is a truly exceptional contribution to the study of international relations. - David M. Malone, President, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada *** Adekeye Adebajo has assembled a stellar cast to dissect how Africa and Africans have influenced the United Nations, and how the world body has at turns empowered and failed the continent. The result: a policy-savvy collection rich in both opinion and analysis - and the most comprehensive volume on the UN and Africa available. - Sam Daws, Executive Director, United Nations Association of the United Kingdom *** This volume is long over due, given the centrality of Africa for the UN and the UN for Africa. Enriched by Adekeye Adebajo's unrelenting candour and invaluable insights, From Global Apartheid to Global Village will be standard reading for scholars, students, and policymakers alike or many years to come. Its broad scopeâ?¦is particularly welcome. - Edward C. Luck, Senior Vice President and Director of Studies, International Peace Institute, New York

The New African Initiative and the African Union

Author: Henning Melber
Publisher: Nordic Africa Inst
ISBN:
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During the year 2000 an initiative among the African states to transform the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) into the African Union (AU) gained momentum. It resulted in the ratification of the Constitutive Act and its adoption at the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in July 2001 in Lusaka. Parallel to this process of reorganisation towards closer inter-state collaboration on the African continent in the spirit of Pan Africanism emerged the systematic effort to redefine developmental priorities and to claim a new common position of African states in the globalised world. The "African Renaissance" initiative of South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki resulted in a "Millenium Africa Recovery Programme", which was finally revised and presented as the "New Africa Initiative" (NAI). Adopted at the same OAU Summit in Lusaka in July 2001, the NAI serves as a blueprint for Africa's development strategy at the beginning of the 21st century. It was presented to the G8 summit in Genoa, where the leaders of the world's powerful countries decided on a follow up by appointing individual special advisers to explore support to the NAI and future collaboration on the basis of this document.