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Title:The New World Order: French perspectives and implications for Africa
Author:Akinterinwa, Bola A.ISNI
Periodical:Nigerian Journal of International Affairs
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:New World Order
foreign policy
Abstract:In the international community's search for a New World Order (NWO) it is increasingly being argued that Africa's marginalization in the old world order may be accentuated in the post Cold War era. The discussion of the NWO has principally focussed on America's proposed NWO, as originally conceived and later defined by President George Bush in the years 1989-1991. It has ignored earlier calls by Third World countries and other world leaders for a New International Economic Order (NIEO) and a New International Information Order (NIIO). The present author contends that Africa's problem is not really marginalization per se, but how best to take advantage of a New World Order. He suggests that of all the major contending States that are likely to be helpful in the protection of Africa's interests, France would appear the most suitable candidate. France believes that the NWO ought to be based on the consolidation and strengthening of North-South dialogue, unity and understanding, and opposes a New World Order based on American values and hegemony. The author argues that Africa can exploit the French perspectives on the NWO to its own advantage. In this context, Africa can adopt a combination of options, but it must be seen not to be a confrontational actor, nor must it become an appendage. Note, ref., sum.