1st Edition

Broadening the Debate on EU–Africa Relations Towards Reciprocal Approaches

Edited By Frank Mattheis, John Kotsopoulos Copyright 2020

    Broadening the Debate on EU–Africa Relations is designed to expand the scope of our understanding of the multi-layered relationship between the European Union and African political actors in order to shape both the academic and policy level discourse.

    The focus on chapters highlighting an African perspective offers an opportunity to redress an imbalance in scholarship, and also represents an effort to reinvigorate the EU-Africa discourse. The contributors scrutinise hitherto underexplored areas, from agricultural cooperation to sanctions to scientific collaboration, as new insights linger in the less visible margins of the relationship. Jointly, they push in the same direction, to broaden the debate on how subjects are approached in a field of study that has one-sidedly focus on the intended actions of the EU. To that end, three dimensions represent the common thread of the book: how to recalibrate African and European perspectives, how to proceed on an assumption of mutual influence rather than unidirectionality, and how to highlight the intertwined nature of the different drivers of the relationship.

    Recalibrating African and European perspectives by focusing on elements of reciprocity within the broad array of interregional interactions, Broadening the Debate on EU–Africa Relations will be of great interest to scholars of African Studies, African IR, and the EU. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs.

    1. A contextualisation of EU–Africa relations: Trends and drivers from a reciprocal perspective

    John Kotsopoulos and Frank Mattheis

    2. AU–EU relations: Challenges in forging and implementing a joint agenda

    Luckystar Miyandazi, Philomena Apiko, Tasnim Abderrahim and Faten Aggad-Clerx

    3. Caught between the ACP and the AU: Africa’s relations with the European Union in a post-Cotonou Agreement context

    Maurizio Carbone

    4. Sanctions and summits: Sanctioned African leaders and EU–Africa summits

    Jo-Ansie van Wyk

    5. Exploring ‘brain circulation’ as a concept to mitigate brain drain in Africa and improve EU–Africa cooperation in the field of science and technology

    Amr Radwan and Mahmoud Sakr

    6. Characterising partnership for research and innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from the case of the Africa–EU ProIntensAfrica Initiative

    John Ouma-Mugabe, Petronella Chaminuka and Ana M P Melo

    7. The European Union and security sector reform: South Sudan and the challenge of ownership

    Arnold H Kammel

    8. Interregionalism and police cooperation against cross-border crime in East Africa: Challenges and prospects

    Jacob Lisakafu


    Frank Mattheis is a researcher at the Institut d’études européennes, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation University of Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a PhD in global studies and specialises in comparative regionalism and interregionalism.

    John Kotsopoulos is an associate fellow at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation University of Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a PhD in International Relations (University of Kent, UK) with focus on asymmetrical negotiations between the European Union and Africa.