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Title:Who owns African ownership? The Africanisation of security and its limits
Authors:Franke, BenediktISNI
Esmenjaud, RomainISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:Africa
regional security
peacekeeping operations
Abstract:Over the last couple of years, 'African ownership' has become a buzzword in many fields. Economic development initiatives like the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) are based on it, partnership agreements like the Joint AU-EU Africa Strategy are built around it and its central concept of Africanization guides virtually all external relations of the continent. African leaders (rightly) insist on it, international organizations (rightly) preach it and many non-African actors are (unsurprisingly) hiding behind it. The concept of African ownership is so omnipresent today that it is more than surprising that the simple question of who actually owns it has not yet been asked. The present authors disentangle rhetoric from reality and identify the owner as well as the limits of African ownership in the sphere of peace and security. The continuing interference of non-African actors in African affairs, the fickle nature of Africa's self-emancipation, and the adverse global trends, lead the authors to conclude that African ownership, at least in the sphere of peace and security, is hardly more than an empty concept. Africans have only very limited control over the ongoing process of Africanizing Africa's security and they depend on an externally imposed discourse to delineate the extent of their freedom of action. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]