Africa's Challenge To International Relations Theory by Kevin C. Dunn, Timothy M. Shaw

By Kevin C. Dunn, Timothy M. Shaw

Africa has been radically absent in diplomacy idea. This new number of essays through modern Africanists convincingly demonstrates the significance of the continent to each theoretical technique in diplomacy. The e-book breaks new floor in how we predict approximately either diplomacy and Africa, re-examining such foundational strategies as sovereignty, the country, and tool; significantly investigating the salience of realism, neo-liberalism, liberalism in Africa, and offering new brooding about regionalism, safeguard, and identification.

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In particular, the requisites of the European balance of power, which authorized Swiss existence, allowed that state to expand, acquiring the Italian-speaking Ticino and the Frenchspeaking areas of Valais, Geneva, and NeuchaÃtel (Anderson 1991: 135± 38). European powers not only recognized the confederate status of that state, they also acted to preserve its neutrality and independence from the Holy Alliance and future imperial powers. In short, although the Swiss state lacked internal organic cohesion and a government capable Siba N.

Notes 1. ' 2. Two prominent Ovimbundu figures, Jonas Savimbi and Daniel Chipenda, once held high level position within FNLA. In 1962, Savimbi was appointed foreign minister in the FNLA-dominated (and short-lived) Angolan government in exile. He resigned in 1964, amid accusations and counter-accusation of `tribalism,' to form his own movement. Chipenda, once the vice-president of MPLA, joined FNLA as secretary-general in 1975. He left in 1977 for exile in Europe, but returned to MPLA in 1990, only to leave again to pursue `independent' politics.

In this chapter, I will focus on two oft-repeated errors. One is the notion that Western states uniformly possess a certain organic coherence generated by a purposeful fit between state and nation, a legitimate state desire to maintain this relation, a proven state aptitude to create and maintain a secure environment for the nation, and a credible state capacity to defend itself against competing entities. The other is that post-colonial sovereignty constitutes a historical deviation from Western norms, both as a juridical fiction and an empirical reality.

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