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Africa in 21st Century US and EU Agendas

A Comparative Analysis


Lola Raich

This book investigates issues pertaining to the US and EU agendas in Africa since the dawn of the new century. It discusses how the African continent has featured within the US and EU foreign policy agendas, by looking at ensuing gaps between a rhetoric that claimed to have put Africa within the high politics agenda and the reality. The case studies analyse the reasons for the very different acknowledgements of USAFRICOM and JAES P&S, even though both policies state to aim the same: support Africa in tackling its own security concerns. The book concludes with a deliberation on which of the two outlooks seems to offer an appropriate approach to the context and which offers pragmatic solutions.
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The European Union in Africa


At The Search of an EU-Africa Strategic Framework

‘Europe has a strong interest in a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Africa. Our strategy is intended to help Africa achieve this’ (Council of the EU 2005:1).

Up to 2000 the EU policies towards Africa have been characterised as fragmented and not reaching the continent as a whole. The Cotonou Partnership Agreement, the most prominent in a series of EU’s trade and development-concerned frameworks, does not cover all African countries. And for most of the time, as set up within it for the African, Caribbean and the Pacific states (ACP), was a selective and as such in opposition with the WTO rules requiring the elimination of preferential practices (Huber 2000:427–38)59. The other framework that the EU had, the Barcelona Process, was also selective in as such it concerned, in regard to Africa, only the North African countries.

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