1st Edition

Africa in Global International Relations Emerging approaches to theory and practice

Edited By Paul-Henri Bischoff, Kwesi Aning, Amitav Acharya Copyright 2016
    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    Recent scholarship in International Relations (IR) has started to study the meaning and implications of a non-Western world. With this comes the need for a new paradigm of IR theory that is more global, open, inclusive, and able to capture the voices and experiences of both Western and non-Western worlds.

    This book investigates why Africa has been marginalised in IR discipline and theory and how this issue can be addressed in the context of the emerging Global IR paradigm. To have relevance for Africa, a new IR theory needs to be more inclusive, intellectually negotiated and holistically steeped in the African context. In this innovative volume, each author takes a critical look at existing IR paradigms and offers a unique perspective based on the African experience. Following on from Amitav Acharya and Barry Buzan’s work, Non-Western International Relations Theory, it develops and advances non-Western IR theory and the idea of Global IR.

    This volume will be of key interest to scholars and students of African politics, international relations, IR theory and comparative politics.

    1 Africa in Global International Relations: Emerging Approaches to Theory and Practice, An Introduction Paul-Henri Bischoff Kwesi Aning and Amitav Acharya 2 A Critique of Failing International Relations Theories in African Tests Ahmed Salem 3 Feminist IR and the study of Africa: (still) together on the theoretical margins? Heidi Hudson 4 Disciplining the Developing World? Perspectives from a South African IR Candice Moore 5 Soft balancing among African weak states: A challenge to Realists International Relations Theory Leslie Blaauw 6 Africa in international relations: agent, bystander or victim? Jo-Ansie van Wyck 7 An Emerging, Established or Receding Normative Agent? Probing the African Union’s Recent Response to and Intervention in Libya Gerrie Swart 8 Africanizing the international and internationalizing Africa: security, war on terror and Mali Kwesi Aning and Nancy Annan 9 Bridging the Gap: The Pan-African School and International Relations Theory Tim Murithi


    Paul-Henri Bischoff is Head of the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa.

    Kwesi Aning is Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana.

    Amitav Acharya is Professor of International Relations at the American University, Washington, D.C., and formerly the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor of International Relations (2012-2013) at Rhodes University, South Africa.