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Title:The cynicism of 'African solutions for African problems'
Author:Gebrewold, BelachewISNI
Periodical:African security (ISSN 1939-2206)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:international relations
regional security
African organizations
political philosophy
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19392206.2010.485509
Abstract:Currently, 'African solutions for African problems' has become the leading principle driving security and economic cooperation within Africa and between the continent and outside actors. It is suggested that the emergence of a more peaceful and prosperous Africa depends on the implementation of this principle and that this can be done through the creation of regional security communities. This paper argues that there is a fundamental contradiction between the concept in theory and in practice. The key problems of 'African solutions for African problems' are not primarily technical, financial or logistical. Rather they are multilevel systemic contradictions imbedded in Africa's place in the international system. The paper shows that this often hinders the potential of the African Union and its regional economic communities' ability to become security communities. It includes examples of how major powers - France, the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Russia - interact with Africa. The paper concludes that since Africa's problems are not only African but also global, solutions for Africa can only be global-systemic. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]