Africa-EU Strategic Partnership: Challenges and Promises
Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
In 2007, the EU and Africa adopted a comprehensive strategic partnership to reflect the changing nature of their relationship in the new world era. Since then, the relationship between the two partners has deepened in a number of significant areas ranging from peace and security, human rights and governance, migrations, trade, climate change to regional integration. While this new phase in Africa-EU relations faces important challenges due, inter alia, to Africa's dependency; it also points towards the possibility of a substantive transformation based on a shared vision of interdependencies between Europe and Africa. The paper will assess the significance of Africa-EU strategic partnership against the backdrop of historical relations between the two partners and in light of the transformative dynamics affecting world politics today. I will argue, in substance, that the liberal nature of the European Union project on the one hand, and the pan-African ethos of the African Union on the other have the potential to overcoming some of the historical shortcomings that have defined and dominated Africa-Europe relations for the past sixty years.
28th Annual Conference of the Association of Third World Studies
Mangala, Jack, "Africa-EU Strategic Partnership: Challenges and Promises" (2010). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 136.