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Scramble with a New Africa: Comparing Strategies and Policies for the Future of Africa

The relationship of Africa with the rest of the world is undergoing a fascinating transformation. While more than ever, economists point to the potential of Africa's development, the strategic community is often reducing its focus on the rising role of China and other emerging powers in the extraction of natural resources on the African continent.

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Jun. 13, 2011
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Scramble with a New Africa: Comparing Strategies and Policies for the Future of Africa

Ludger Kühnhardt, Professor of Political Science, University of Bonn, and Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

The relationship of Africa with the rest of the world is undergoing a fascinating transformation. While more than ever, economists point to the potential of Africa's development, the strategic community is often reducing its focus on the rising role of China and other emerging powers in the extraction of natural resources on the African continent.

In reality, the world is not facing a new scramble for Africa but rather the scramble with a new Africa. More than ever, Africa itself is defining the parameters of its own future. External players are actively pursuing their own interests in Africa while trying to form partnerships with the continent that has so far been the least affected by globalization.

Public Policy Scholar Ludger Kühnhardt is currently studying the interplay of African strategies for the future of Africa with the African strategies of external actors, notably the US, the European Union, China, India and the Arab world. He argues that while the approaches of African and non-African players often focus on different priorities, methods and objectives, it has become a test-case for smart multilateralism to find as much common ground as possible between the different approaches and strategies concerning Africa and its future. Ludger Kühnhardt, Professor of Political Science, is on sabbatical leave from the University of Bonn, Germany, where he directs the Center for European Integration Studies ZEI. His home institution is looking a great deal into issues of comparative regionalism with a current focus on Africa. In this Wilson Center workshop he will report about his work-in- progress.

 


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The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting Europe’s relations with the rest of the world through scholars-in-residence, seminars, international conferences and publications. These programmatic activities cover wide-ranging topics include: European energy security, the role of the European Union and NATO, democratic transitions, and counter-terrorism, among others. The program also investigates comparatively European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including migration, global governance, and relations with Russia, China and the Middle East.  Read more

Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more

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