Journal of African Foreign Affairs (JoAFA) Volume 7, Number 1, April 2020. Guest Editor: Prof. Marcel Kitissou
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ISSN : ISSN: 2056-564X E-ISSN: 2056-5658
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This issue of the Journal of African Foreign Affairs comes in the middle of Covid-19 pandemic. Despite personal and social challenges involved, contributors have made every effort to produce thoughtful and timely analyses. I am grateful to them.
Covid-19 is a global phenomenon. But it has fragmented the international community. It has also become a symbol of a U.S.-China potential Cold War. Thus, geopolitical calculations may intensify and influence great powers’ involvement in Africa. Furthermore, both developed and developing countries are experiencing recession simultaneously. International cooperation is needed to address existing global challenges, but the solutions are to be local. For, example, by mid-century, just 30 years from now, due to severe climate, the world food production may decline by 30 percent and food prices double while the world population is expected to grow 30 percent. Conflict may erupt consequently and, in turn, hamper food production. Severe climate, poverty, and political violence constitute a vicious cycle. This is already the case in the Sahel. In such circumstances, as history has shown, apocalyptic thinking emerges when displays of wealth amid mass poverty are attributed to corruption. Sustainable development in Africa cannot be separated from a moral imagination that ensures inclusivity and fairness.
A radical rethinking of Africa’s development, regional collaboration, and North-South cooperation is in order. The Journal of African Foreign Affairs offers a forum for such discussion. This issue examines various aspects of African foreign affairs from managing relationships with China (Rapanyane & Kgothatso and Vanessa), regional integration such as with SADC (Mlambo & Adetiba ), water as an instrument of unification (Campbell), the implications of Nigeria’s quest for permanent seat at the UN-SC (Mbara), to Afro-centric perspective on Euro-centric ideals of beauty (Montle).
I hope that the readers will enjoy this issue and participate in our efforts to rethink African foreign affairs.