Leiden; Boston

Introduction: A changing world and its consequences

Upphovspersoner: Havnevik, Kjell | Dietz, Antonius Johannes | Oestigaard, Terje | Kaag, Mayke
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Agrarian Change, Property and Resources | Leiden; Boston
År: 2011
Ämnesord: Foreign relations, Self-determination, international economic relations, Globalization, Economic conditions, Political conditions, Africa, Political science, Statsvetenskap
With the end of the Cold War, the world seemed to move from a bipolar to a unipolar system, with the neoliberal West globally imposing its laws. However, it has been acknowledged that other actors, such as China, India and Brazil, have become increasingly influential, helping to lead to a new multipolarity at the global level. The question of what this emerging multipolarity means for Africa is important. Will Africa become crushed in a mounting struggle over raw materials and political hegemony between superpowers and fall victim to a new scramble for Africa? Or does this new historic juncture offer African countries and groups greater room for negotiation and manoeuvring, eventually leading to stronger democracy and enhanced growth? The chapters in this volume offer food for thought on how Africa’s engagements with the world are currently being reshaped and revalued, and, importantly—on whose terms?