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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: 304 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 democratization. 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 democratization. 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, Corrado Tornimbeni, Alessandra Venturini
Contents
Contents:

Introduction: Revisiting EU-Africa relations in a changing world 1
Valeria Fargion and Mamoudou Gazibo

PART I SECURITY AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN AFRICA
1 Managing African conflicts: using CSDP missions to cope
with terrorism and organized crime 24
Daniela Irrera
2 The European Union and conflict prevention in Africa:
partnering with civil society to build sustainable peace 37
Lorenzo Angelini
3 African Union reform project: implications and challenges
for EU partnership towards ending conflicts in Africa 51
Reuben J. B. Lewis

PART II THE MIGRATORY CONUNDRUM
4 Africa-EU migration in perspective 67
Gustavo De Santis
5 Drivers of migration from Africa 78
Alessandra Venturini and Andrea Goldstein
6 African migration and EU immigration policies 91
Ioannis Papageorgiou
7 Europe-Africa unequal pacts: the case of West African migration 105
Rahmane Idrissa
8 From containment to policy coherence: reframing
European migration policy with Africa 117
Andrea Stocchiero

PART III EU TRADE POLICY AND AFRICAN
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
9 EU-Africa trade and investment relations: towards greater
convergence? 132
San Bilal, Bernard Hoekman and Dominique Njinkeu
10 The African Continental Free Trade Agreement and its
implications for Africa-EU trade relations 146
John Akokpari
11 UK trade with Africa after Brexit 160
Giorgia Giovannetti, Enrico Marvasi and Filippo Santi

PART IV EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
AT A CROSSROAD
12 From complementing to copying its member states:
assessing the EU’s development cooperation with Africa 177
Niels Keijzer
13 Three interwoven actors, readjusting positions: EU-Africa
relations and the post-Cotonou partnership 192
Maurizio Carbone
14 EU development cooperation with Africa: forgetting about
health? 205
Valeria Fargion and Marco Mayer

PART V DEMOCRATIZATION IN AFRICA BETWEEN
LOCAL DYNAMICS AND INTERNATIONAL
PRESSURES
15 Democracy in sub-Saharan Africa: historical legacies,
international pressures and new political challenges 223
Arrigo Pallotti and Corrado Tornimbeni
16 Does EBA improve good governance in sub-Saharan Africa? 239
Thilo Bodenstein
17 Is democracy declining in Africa and what role for China? 251
Mamoudou Gazibo
PART VI CONCLUSION
18 EU and Africa: reflecting on the European global strategy
and EU neighbourhood policy 267
Pasquale Ferrara

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