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African Foreign Policies

Selecting Signifiers to Explain Agency, 1st Edition

Edited by Paul-Henri Bischoff


304 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This book explores, at a time when several powers have become serious players on the continent, aspects of African agency, past and present, by African writers on foreign policy, representative of geography, language and state size.

In the past, African foreign policy has largely been considered within the context of reactions to the international or global ‘external factor’. This ground-breaking book, however, looks at how foreign policy has been crafted and used in response not just to external, but also, mainly, domestic imperatives or (theoretical) signifiers. As such, it narrates individual and changing foreign policy orientations over time - and as far back as independence - with mainly African-based scholars who present their own constructs of what is a useful theoretical narrative regarding foreign policy on the continent - how theory is adapted to local circumstance or substituted for continentally based ontologies. The book therefore contends that the African experience carries valuable import for expanding general understandings of foreign policy in general.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of Foreign Policy Analysis, Foreign Policy Studies, African International Relations/Politics/Studies, Diplomacy and more broadly to International Relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Paul-Henri Bischoff

2. What Next? Past and present African foreign policy concepts and practices

Paul-Henri Bischoff

3. The African Union as a Foreign Policy Player: African Agency in International Cooperation

Tshepo Gwatiwa

4. Unprincipled Pragmatism and Anti-Imperialist Impulses in an Interconnected World: The Zuma Presidency, 2009-2017

Mzukisi Qobo

5. Towards A Strategic Culture Approach to Understanding and Conceptualising Ethiopia’s Foreign Policy Towards Israel and the Middle Eastern Arab Countries

Makonnen Tesfaye

6.Nigeria’s Foreign Policy and Intervention Behaviour in Africa: What Role for Agency?

Olumuyiwa Amao

7. Zimbabwe and New Signifiers: Towards a cultural political economy of Foreign Policy Making

Mike Mavura

8. Realist Conceptions of Kenya’s Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Behaviour: A Theoretical and Contextual Disposition

Korwa Gombe Adar and Mercy Kathambi Kaburu

9. Addressing the Conceptual Void of African Small State Foreign Policy in Orthodox Theory: A Case Study of Botswana's Principled Pragmatism

Kabelo M. Mahupela

10. Tunisia’s Foreign Policy Towards France Before and After an Undemanding ‘Revolution’: A Theoretical Explanation of the An-Nahdha-led Interim Governments’ Soft Policy

Ahmed Ali Salem

11. Straddling Between Convergence and Divergence: A Constructivist’s View of Malawi’s Foreign Policy in Post-independence Africa

Eugenio Njoloma

12. Strategies of a Small State Between Realism and Liberalism: Sixty Years of Guinea’s Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (1958-2018)

Issaka K. Souaré

13. Rethinking SADC’s Collective Policymaking Processes on External Relations and Non-state Participation for Region-building

Cecilia Lwiindi Nedziwe

14. Towards an Understanding of the Interplay Between Ghana’s Foreign and Defence Policies

Kwesi Aning and Kwaku Danso

15. Conclusion

Paul-Henri Bischoff

About the Editor

Paul-Henri Bischoff is Professor of International Relations and erstwhile longstanding Head of Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown-Makhanda, South Africa.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in African Politics and International Relations

The African Politics and International Relations series seeks to provide readers with a conceptual and comparative perspective on transformations associated with the rise of Africa in international relations and within the global economy. The series explores the empirical and theoretical implications of the engagement of both old and new players, the redefinition of the continent's politics, socio-economic transitions and changing patterns of region-building, both within Africa and with the global South. The series, through its focus on the reappraisal of the role and conception of African agency, seeks to provide readers with a comprehensive, accessible, and insightful treatment of issues that challenge conventional understandings and representations of Africa.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General