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JOURNAL OF AFRICAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Published Since: 2014
Publishing Discontinued: The journal is published regularly. The Journal is currently listed in the Sabinet, ProQuest, JSTOR, EBSCO and accredited by IBSS.
Publication Frequency: Triennial

The ‘Western leverage and linkage’ factor in African Foreign Affairs Despite its peripheral position and the sometimes-negligible contributions, Africa is deeply embedded in global political economy. This embeddedness becomes even clearer when one analyses Africa‘s relations with the world and relations between African states and in the regional bodies they establish. Of course it is often difficult to find a balance or accord equal weight on the extent to which ‗global externalities‘ as opposed to endogenous factors impact on the direction and even character of state relations within Africa and how these also influence Africa‘s foreign affairs. To capture the role of both domestic and international factors in African foreign affairs one is tempted to invoke the notion of ‗Western leverage and linkage‘ as one of the dominant if not the most key factors in shaping African foreign affairs. It‘s a factor which is both an indicator of Africa&ls............

 When I was contacted to be a guest editor of this globally respected journal, many thoughts came to my mind bothering on whether to contact those I know of as specialists in Foreign Policy and International Politics in general, or to send out a call for papers to scholars, pundits and foreign affairs analysts, in order to assemble their positions on the development of international relations in Africa. I eventually settled for a call for paper/s, which yielded positive results as many papers where submitted. Articles in this edition have made frantic intellectual effort towards exploring many social issues in Africa from theoretical as well as empirical points of view. They have been peer reviewed before being carefully and meticulously selected by the editor. It is a continuous attempt towards exploring and interrogating social issues that confront Africa and the entire world.    Lucky Asuelime, in Mnangagwa’s Foreign Policy is an eye opener for students of fore............

Africa remains bedeviled by several developmental challenges despite the current Afro-optimism - a deep-seated belief that the future is bright for the continent. In fact so much has changed since March 2000 when The Economist declared Africa “a hopeless continent.” (The Economist, 2000). In fact the wave of Afro-optimism has been such that by December 2011, The Economist, the same magazine that ‘anointed’ Africa a “hopeless continent” in 2000, changed tune, and talked about “Africa Rising”, saying the continent has a realistic chance of following in the footsteps of Asia (Odinga, 2014). In fact, Africa is increasingly becoming the beautiful bride of the world, with six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world being in the continent (CP-Africa, 2014). Yet, despite the Afro-optimism, real developmental challenges remain and old habits persist on several fronts. In this issue of JoAFA, we analyse some of the contemporary pro............

Africa appears to be the guinea pig of the world where theories are verified and tested. For some countries such as the USA, an end in a given historical development (socialism) is an opportunity for the universalization of the value they cherish most (liberal democracy) or as Fukuyama (1992) would put it, ‘the end of history’. The history of Africa remains that of underdevelopment, conflicts and poverty despite the fact that six of the fastest growing economies in the world today are in the continent (The Economist, 2011; Rensburg, 2012). For some analysts therefore, nothing seems to matter about Africa which in the theorem of Lord Lugard (1965) seminal work is a ‘dark continent’. This is succinctly captured by the British historian, Professor Hugh Trevor-Regius when he said............


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