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Title:The Future of the Great Powers in Africa: Towards a Political Economy of Intervention
Author:Shaw, Timothy M.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Africa
foreign intervention
international relations
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/160581
Abstract:The first 20 years of formal independence have provided myriad instances of intervention. This article is concerned with the incidence and impact of intervention in the mid-term future: until the year 2000. It identifies five main themes as a way of examining the future of intervention on the continent. First, it treats intervention as a structural as well as a strategic relationship. Second, it suggests that it arises from continental contradictions as well as from extra-African interests and intentions. Third, it indicates that its incidence and character depend on particular stages in the global cycle. Fourth, it points to the regional as well as the continental implications of intervention. Fifth, it reflects on the importance of the mode of analysis in approaching the future of Africa: different perspectives throw up dramatically distinctive scenarios. Notes.