The African state after internationalism: what will the demise Of Liberal internationalism mean for African states?

August 2018

Modern African states have usually defined themselves with reference to foreign norms shaped by foreign power, whether economic or military: norms imposed under colonialism and refined in the postcolonial, international-community dispensation. However, the geopolitical situation today suggests that Africa is revisiting the point it was at in 1990, when the OAU’s assembled leaders, facing the end of the Cold War, jointly voiced what amounted to a fear of abandonment: “the real threat of marginalisation of our Continent.”

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