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Canadian Foreign Policy in Africa

Regional Approaches to Peace, Security, and Development, 1st Edition

By Edward Ansah Akuffo


272 pages

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After over fifty-years of Canadian engagement with Africa, no comprehensive literature exists on Canada's security policy in Africa and relations towards Africa's regional organizations. The literature on Canada's foreign policy in Africa to date has largely focused on development assistance. For the first time, Edward Akuffo combines historical and contemporary material on Canada's development and security policy while analyzing the linkage between these sets of foreign policy practices on the African continent. The book makes an important contribution to the debate on Canada's foreign policy generally, and on Africa's approach to peace, security and development, while shedding light on a new theoretical lens - non-imperial internationalism - to understand Canada's foreign policy. The author captures an emerging trend of cooperation on peace, security, and development between the Canadian government and African regional organizations in the twenty-first century. The resulting book is a valuable addition to the literature on African politics, new regionalisms, foreign policy, global governance, and international development studies.


'Dr Edward Akuffo's original monograph presents a novel approach to the analysis and advancement of Canadian foreign policy towards African regional development agencies "non-imperial internationalism". Situated within a "constructivist" framework, this informed insight advocates human security in response to issues such as conflict diamonds. Given Canada's long-standing transnational relations with the continent - from missionaries and miners to now well-established diasporas - this contemporary inquiry suggests that Africa still has policy options other than the EU and the BRICS. A significant contribution not only to African IR but also to foreign policy, security and development studies.' Timothy M. Shaw, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago 'Drawing on impressive original research, Akuffo's study provides a sensitive interpretation of Canadian and African perceptions of each other, and the way Africa has constituted Canada's "moral identity". Akuffo's "non-imperial internationalist" framework will stimulate debate and comparison. His call for a coherent Canadian Africa policy will be welcomed by knowledgeable observers of the relationship.' David Black, Dalhousie University, Canada

About the Author

Edward Ansah Akuffo is at the Department of Political Science, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

About the Series

Global Security in a Changing World

Global Security in a Changing World
Globalisation is changing the world dramatically, and a very public debate is taking place about the form, extent and significance of these changes. At the centre of this debate lie conflicting claims about the forces and processes shaping security. As a result, notions of inequality, poverty and the cultural realm of identity politics have all surfaced alongside terrorism, environmental changes and bio-medical weapons as essential features of the contemporary global political landscape. In this sense, the debate on globalisation calls for a fundamental shift from a status quo political reality to one that dislodges states as the primary referent, and instead sees states as a means and not the end to various security issues, ranging from individual security to international terrorism. More importantly, centred at the cognitive stage of thought, it is also a move towards conceiving the concept of insecurity in terms of change. The series attempts to address this imbalance by encouraging a robust and multi-disciplinary assessment of the asymmetrical nature of globalisation. Scholarship is sought from areas such as: global governance, poverty and insecurity, development, civil society, religion, terrorism and globalisation.

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