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Curse of Berlin: Africa After the Cold War Adekeye Adebajo

Curse of Berlin: Africa After the Cold War

Adekeye Adebajo

Published September 1st 2010
ISBN : 9780199327256
Hardcover
352 pages
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At the 1884-1885 Conference of Berlin a cartel of largely European states effectively set the rules for the partition of Africa, an event whose historical and structural importance continues to affect and shape Africas contemporary internationalMoreAt the 1884-1885 Conference of Berlin a cartel of largely European states effectively set the rules for the partition of Africa, an event whose historical and structural importance continues to affect and shape Africas contemporary international relations. This Curse is a recurring theme in Adebajos trenchant historical analysis, even though its main focus is on contemporary African issues after the Cold War. The first part of the book examines Africas quest for security with three essays on Africas security institutions such as the African Union and sub-regional bodies- another on the political, peacekeeping, and socio-economic roles of the United Nations (UN) in Africa- and a third on Africas two UN Secretaries-General between 1992 and 2006: Egypts Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Ghanas Kofi Annan. The second section of the book focuses on Africas quest for leadership, and five chapters examine the hegemonic roles of South Africa, Nigeria, the United States, China and France on the continent. The five chapters in the final section of the study analyse Africas quest for unity, and examine the roles and significance for Africa of six historical figures: Mandela, Mbeki, Kwame Cecil Rhodes, Obama, and Gandhi- as well as assessing the African Union and the EU in comparative perspective.