International Conference: AFRICA, NEW POWERS, OLD POWERS 4-5 May 2017, Bologna

Categories: Category “Europe and Transitions in (Southern) Africa (Category “Working Groups)

08 May 2017

This international conference aims at debating the limits and potentialities of the growing political and economic interaction between the African countries and the “emerging powers” within a broader historical and political perspective.

Since the end of the Cold War African countries have been experiencing deep and rapid transformations that have had a relevant impact on their interaction with the rest of the world. If soon after the end of the Cold War scholars predicted a downscaling of Africa's global strategic relevance, today the continent is again drawing international attention for its security and economic challenges. Within this context, the relations between the African countries and the emerging powers from the Global South are accelerating internal transformations on the continent, while contributing to a redefinition of Africa’s international relations. This international conference aims at debating the limits and potentialities of the growing political and economic interaction between the African countries and the “emerging powers” within a broader historical and political perspective. In particular, the conference will analyze the role of African governments and multilateral institutions in shaping economic, political and security relations with the emerging powers, the political and economic priorities of the latter in Africa, and the reactions of the Western countries to the increasing assertiveness of the emerging powers in Africa.

Please see the programme for more information.

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