What impact have African actors had on perceptions of and responses to current international security challenges? Are there international peace and security norms with African roots? How can actors that lack the power and financial resources of Western states help to shape prevailing conceptions of appropriate behaviour in international politics?
Addressing these questions, the authors of this book identify and explore the diverse pathways by which African governments, IGOs, NGOs, and individuals can and do influence the normative structure of contemporary international relations.
Katharina P. Coleman is associate professor of political science at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Thomas K. Tieku is associate professor of political science at King's University College, Western University, Canada.
African Actors in International Security: Four Pathways to Influence PARTICIPATING IN THE CREATION OF GLOBAL NORMS Humanitarian Intervention Restricting the Spread of Small Arms and Light Weapons Eliminating Conflict Diamonds DIFFUSING AFRICAN NORMS The Pan-African Solidarity Norm The Role of the Elder Statesperson in Conflict Mediation The Anti-Coup Norm SHAPING GLOBAL NORMS THROUGH CREATIVE IMPLEMENTATION Escaping the ""Resource Curse"" by Localizing Transparency Norms Localizing Transitional Justice Norms Implementing the Protection of Civilians Norm CONTESTING GLOBAL NORMS Challenging the Politicization of the Universal Jurisdiction Norm Challenging the Primacy of the UN Security Council CONCLUSION African Agency in Theory and Practice