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Africa Consensus

New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners

Ludger Kühnhardt

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Africans are dispensing with policymaking built on old decolonization grudges, adopting instead a multilateral approach to rebuild governance: the African Consensus.

In the past, the world scrambled for Africa to win slaves, territory, and resources. Today, the world scrambles with Africa to do business in global markets. In Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners, Ludger Kühnhardt argues that new African politics, African regional institutions, and global demand for partnerships for trade and security will lead the continent to new relationships with the United States, the…

Africans are dispensing with policymaking built on old decolonization grudges, adopting instead a multilateral approach to rebuild governance: the African Consensus.

In the past, the world scrambled for Africa to win slaves, territory, and resources. Today, the world scrambles with Africa to do business in global markets. In Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners, Ludger Kühnhardt argues that new African politics, African regional institutions, and global demand for partnerships for trade and security will lead the continent to new relationships with the United States, the European Union, China, India, Brazil, and other emerging economies.

Kühnhardt reviews the history of Africa’s international status and employs the rising African Union’s own identified "intervention areas"—peace and security; development, integration, and cooperation; shared values; and institution- and capacity-building—to analyze challenges and possibilities.

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By linking Africa's current display of economic dynamism... to global changes that are underway, Kühnhardt revisits and goes beyond major historical themes and narratives. In the process, he elevates the continent as a global agenda-setting actor.

Africa Consensus is the rare book that treats Africa as the complex region that it is. Kühnhardt is experienced enough to put that complexity front and center... and his distillations are nuanced enough to successfully describe a continent that is transforming before our very eyes and playing an ever-growing role in all aspects of the global economy and community. Students of Africa have a new place to begin.

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400
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9781421414157
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: From Scramble to Partnership—The Changing Place of Africa in World Affairs
1. The Global Turn and Its Meaning for Africa
2. Past

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: From Scramble to Partnership—The Changing Place of Africa in World Affairs
1. The Global Turn and Its Meaning for Africa
2. Past Scrambles for Africa: Lessons Learned
3. A New African Beginning
4. Strategic Pillar: Peace and Security
5. Strategic Pillar: Development, Integration, and Cooperation
6. Strategic Pillar: Shared Values
7. Strategic Pillar: Institution-Building and Capacity-Building
8. Africa Consensus: A New Compact for a Common Age
About the Author
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Ludger Kühnhardt

Ludger Kühnhardt is director of the Center for European Integration Studies and a professor of political science at Bonn University. He was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2012.