This title examines Sub-Saharan Africa's relations with states such as the US, India, China, the EU, and Britain as well as with non-state actors. "The International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa" is an in-depth examination Africa's place in global politics. The book provides a comprehensive and critical appraisal of the ways in which peace, prosperity, and democracy are being advanced (or restricted) by the activities of the great powers in Africa, including non-state actors, as well as who benefits from these policies and who does not. The book is a needed comparative study of the role of great powers and 'new' actors such as China and India in Africa within the wider context of neo-liberal hegemony. It fills a gap in the literature and will be of interest to any student of the continent. Its focus on external actors contributes to providing a fuller picture of Africa's place in the global political economy and how the continent interacts with the rest of the world. This is an essential work for anyone researching issues in international relations, comparative foreign policies, and African politics.
Ian Taylor lectures in African Politics and International Relations in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews and is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is the author of many works, including The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Routledge); China and Africa: Engagement and Compromise (Routledge). He has written numerous articles on African politics.
Introduction: Africa's International Relations; 1. The Times They Are(N't) A-Changing: American Policies in Africa; 2. Of Spin and Mirrors: Britain and New Labour's Policies Towards Africa; 3. Effronterie Magnifique: Between La Rupture and Realpolitik in Franco-African Relations; 4. Back to the Future? The Rising Chinese Relationship with Africa; 5. Hands Across the Water: Indian Engagement in Africa; 6. The Empire(S) Strike Back? The European Union and Africa; 7. Why do we Need Political Scientists? Africa and the International Financial Institutions; 8. Oil and its Impact on Africa's International Relations; Bibliography.