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Title:African renaissance/African alliance: towards new regionalisms and new realism in the Great Lakes at the start of the twenty-first century
Author:Shaw, Timothy M.ISNI
Periodical:Politeia: Journal for Political Science and Public Administration
Geographic terms:East Africa
Subject:regional security
Abstract:The new regionalism approach (NRA) can advance analysis of Central Africa. The NRA means that regions are analysed as multidimensional phenomena in world perspective.The Great Lakes region may thus reveal insights into contemporary global issues, from new security threats to redefinitions of foreign policy: no longer the monopoly of States. In response to pervasive social conflicts, there has been a series of heterogeneous peacekeeping operations in this region over the last decade with regional, rather than national dimensions, while the new regimes in this region have begun to organize a security alliance, leading towards a security community. The present essay attempts to transcend insights from the NRA by distinguishing several phases of each crisis; identifying non-State actors at each stage, such as (I)NGOs; recognizing a set of transnational, mixed-actor coalitions; and contrasting peacekeeping operations with the treatment of other contemporary global issues and emerging 'regimes'. The Museveni 'revolution' in Uganda has impacted on neighbouring States and communities throughout Central Africa as well as reinforced assertions of an African 'renaissance'. However, there are a range of possible futures from the optimistic scenario of 'emerging markets' to the stereotypical nightmare of growing 'anarchy'. Bibliogr., note, sum.