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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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This book had as its object of interest the agendas that the USA and EU have set up with regard to Africa since the dawn of the 21st century. The reason for the study was provided by two pivotal policies, USAFRICOM and JAES P&S, which stated to have put Africa into the high politics agendas of both actors, respectively. Since the reactions to these two policies diametrically differed, the research question concerned the reasons behind it by focusing initially on the decisions taken by the US and EU concerning Africa particularly during the standing up of AFRICOM and JAES P&S, for then looking at their implementation. The results from the research work point out at the fact that both actors, although, as stated, seemingly aiming the same, –support Africa in better dealing with her security problems–, chose different approaches which had a direct impact on the policy output that in its own terms attracted different reactions, especially from the African leaders.

In aiming to explain the above, the Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA), a subfield within the International Relations (IR) theory, was chosen as the appropriate theoretical approach because it offered ‘a means [to bring together] foreign and domestic action under the same umbrella’ and a useful structure for a comparative analysis. By building on the premises that the essence of FPA is that it offers an actor perspective and a policy focus, the rest of the analysis was done by posing the...

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