Articles tagged European Union
China’s burgeoning relationship with Africa is being decried in some quarters, including western observers – and some Africans, too – as a new form of colonialism. Such criticism is largely misplaced. First, after having preached the globalisation tenet of economic liberalisation and free competition, the West cannot really grumble about being outbid by China in the race for natural resources in More >
The Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN) with the support of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) presentThe Conference on “Chinese Investment and African Agency”
hosted by the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford 11-12 March 2011Regulating China-Africa cooperation imbalances
By Sanou MBAYE 1
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The late President Mobutu Sese Seko of former Zaire once declared that the North African countries, which pride themselves on their Arabic descent, should be excluded from the then Organization of African Unity. Mobutu’s rule was, of course, deeply flawed, but he was not alone within the pan-African movement in such thinking. The antagonism between the blacks of sub-Saharan Africa and the More >
The African Union, which replaced the Organization for African Unity (OAU) in 2002, is trying to reproduce the European Union’s institutions and ways of acting. But copying the EU blueprint means that nothing has been learned from the past and that nothing is being done to avoid the pitfalls Europe has endured.
The biggest flaw in the EU model has been its reliance on a bureaucratic road to More >
The former sub-Saharan French colonies did not have to fight for their independence. De Gaulle, then President of France, granted it to them. These countries undertook immediately to dismantle the federal structure in which they were operating and erected trade barriers between them.
Paradoxically, they kept the CFA as their common currency. They surrendered the management of 65% of their foreign More >