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Revisiting EU-Africa Relations in a Changing World

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Revisiting EU-Africa Relations in a Changing World

9781839109812 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Valeria Fargion, Associate Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair, School of Political Science, University of Florence, Italy and Mamoudou Gazibo, Professor of Political Science, University of Montreal, Canada
Publication Date: September 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 981 2 Extent: c 288 pp
This timely book explores the current state of EU-Africa relations from a multidisciplinary perspective, placing emphasis on recent developments in five areas that are crucial for EU-Africa relations: development cooperation, trade, migration, security and democratisation. It considers how Africa’s dependence on the EU has decreased due to the declining importance of development cooperation, and increasing cooperation with emerging powers, notably the BRIC nations.

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This timely book explores the current state of EU-Africa relations from a multidisciplinary perspective, placing emphasis on recent developments in five areas that are crucial for EU-Africa relations: development cooperation, trade, migration, security and democratisation. It considers how Africa’s dependence on the EU has decreased due to the declining importance of development cooperation, and increasing cooperation with emerging powers, notably the BRIC nations.
 
The book asks two key questions in relation to these areas: first, whether the EU effectively pursues a forward-looking strategy suggested in the official discourse or is following a strategy that still reflects asymmetrical postcolonial relations; and second, whether Africa will be able to push for a more balanced relationship with Europe by using the leverage provided by emerging powers. To answer these questions, expert contributors explore the impact of African migration on the domestic policy of EU member states, security and conflict resolution in Africa, EU trade policy and African economic development, and how local dynamics and international pressures affect democratisation in Africa.
 
Offering new directions of research on EU-Africa relations, this book will be critical reading for scholars and students of international relations, European policy and international politics. It will also be a useful resource for policy makers, activists and civil society groups interested in EU-Africa cooperation.
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‘A remarkable analysis of the contradictions between the European political ambitions to be a global player in Africa and the unwillingness of the member states to develop a common African policy. The result is the huge gap between the original ambitions of Euro-African strategy and its concrete achievements, especially after the turmoil produced by the failure of the Arab Spring and the collapse of the Gaddafi regime. The ideal empty space for the increasing influence of China, now the only player at Continental level.’
– Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission

‘The EU just adopted a revised strategy for its engagement with and in Africa. This volume offers insights by a wide range of scholars on the subject based on their long-time engagements. Officials in Brussels and on the ground are well advised to take note of the contributions in order to benefit in the same way that other scholars and practitioners will from the contributors' analyses.’
– Henning Melber, University of Pretoria, South Africa

‘At a time of soul searching for the renewal of EU-Africa relations, this rich collective volume edited by Valeria Fargion and Mamoudou Gazibo offers a 360-degree examination of how such relations have recently developed. None of the key issues is left out – from security to migration, from trade to development cooperation and governance issues – with an effort to account for African perspectives too. A welcome new book that helps us understand the common Euro-African road ahead.’
– Giovanni Carbone, Università degli Studi di Milano and Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy
Contributors
Contributors include: John Akokpari, Lorenzo Angelini, San Bilal, Thilo Bodenstein, Maurizio Carbone, Gustavo De Santis, Valeria Fargion, Pasquale Ferrara, Mamoudou Gazibo, Giorgia Giovannetti, Andrea Goldstein, Bernard Hoekmanis, Rahmane Idrissa, Daniela Irrera, Niels Keijzer, Reuben J. B. Lewis, Enrico Marvasi, Marco Mayer, Dominique Njinkeu, Ioannis Papageorgiou, Arrigo Pallotti, Filippo Santi, Andrea Stocchiero, CorradoTornimbeni, Alessandra Venturini

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