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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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Case Study 2: The JAES P&S Partnership


‘We believe that this summit will be remembered as a moment of recognition of maturity and transformation in our continent to continent dialogue, opening new paths and opportunities for our common future’ (Kuour cited in Bonsu 2007).

Since the chosen case study, JAES P&S, is an integral part within a broader JAES Partnership, agreed between Europe and Africa at the Lisbon Summit in December 2007 it is deemed necessary to provide a short introduction of the rationale behind the broader strategy, for this is expedient in analysing the rationale behind the JAES P&S itself. As mentioned throughout this work, Africa’s standing on the EU’s agenda received a big boost-up since the dawn of the century. The changed contexts in both the continents and abroad have had a big role in that. On the African side is, of course, the creation of the AU together with its socio-economic programme NEPAD. Across the Mediterranean, the EU’s grows from a union of 15 to 25 to 27 to 28 and counting, and broadly speaking the world has changed too, since the emergence of new post 9/11 international global challenges, which together with an accelerating of the globalisation have pointed out at an increasingly interdependent world. This is seen as the broad rationale for the intensified cooperation between the EU and Africa (Consilium 2007). On the road to the agreement of a Joint Strategy both parties have attempted to develop political strategies and policy documents aimed...

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