Africa and the New World Era: From Humanitarianism to a by J. Mangala

By J. Mangala

During the last decade, Africa’s middle of gravity in global politics has shifted from mere humanitarianism to a strategic view that posits the centrality of the continent as power and normal assets provider, within the struggle opposed to terrorism and different defense threats, and within the globalization of tradition. in addition to those concerns, this shift is reflective of 2 defining dynamics. On one hand, political and financial reforms have contributed to the expansion of democracy, an development within the financial outlook, and the strengthening of nearby governance. nonetheless, the continued diffusion of world energy is surroundings the degree for a brand new overseas order within which Africa will more and more topic. This e-book probes the significance and importance of those advancements and their implications for Africa’s diplomacy.

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On the contrary, the reality is that President Obama simply represents the “new face” of American imperialism, which is characterized by, among other things, the abandonment of the use of bellicose language that was a major hallmark of the Bush regime. However, substantively, American imperial policy toward Africa remains intact, and the Obama administration is not going to change it. In essence, under the suzerainty of the American ruling class, the imperial project will remain intact, irrespective of whether the incumbent president is a Democrat or a Republican; White, African American, or a member of another race; male or female.

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