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1st Edition

Regionalism, Security and Development in Africa

ISBN 9780367862992
Published May 24, 2021 by Routledge
306 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book charts the history and contemporary landscape of African regionalism, investigating how regional cooperation can be used to help to tackle security and development challenges in Africa.

Africa has a long tradition of regional cooperation, with the oldest trade and monetary integration schemes in the developing world, but its colonial period and partition of have caused lasting damage that still be seen in today’s African economies. Contemporary post-colonial African regionalism, deeply rooted in notions of pan-Africanism, has served as a means of collective self-reliance and economic transformation and development. This book starts with the history and theory behind African regionalism before discussing and comparing regional organisations such as the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC).  Finally, the book considers how regional integration and cooperation can help to address security and development challenges.

This ambitious and broad-ranging book will be a valuable resource for researchers working on African regionalism, security, African integration and development, and comparative regionalism. Policymakers should also consider it a useful guide to the background and contemporary landscape of African regionalism.

Table of Contents

Contributor biographies

Introduction: An Overview of African Regionalism, Security and Development

Ernest Toochi Aniche, Ikenna Mike Alumona and Inocent Moyo


  1. Conceptualising and Historicising African Regionalism in the Context of Pan-Africanism
  2. Samuel Osagie Odobo

  3. Beyond Neo-Functionalism: Africa in Search of a New Theory of Regional Integration
  4. Ernest Toochi Aniche

  5. Foreign Policy Initiatives and Pan-African Regionalism
  6. Victor Chidubem Iwuoha

  7. Migration and Regional Integration in Africa: Some Critical Disjunctures
  8. Inocent Moyo


  9. Towards a Single African Economic Space: Informal Cross-border trade and the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area
  10. Christopher Changwe Nshimbi

  11. Regional Integration and Trade in the Central and West Africa: ECCAS and ECOWAS in Comparative Perspective
  12. Emeka C. Iloh and Emmanuel C. Ojukwu

  13. European Union and African Union Internal Coordination and Crisis Management: Some Critical Reflections
  14. Emmanuel de Groof

  15. African and Latin American Regionalism: Perspectives for Interregionalism and South-South Cooperation
  16. Gladys Lechini and Carla Morasso



  17. Security Challenges and African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)
  18. Jude A. Momodu and Saheed Babajide Owonikoko

  19. Nationalism, Separatism, Conflicts and Pan-African Integration
  20. Onyekachi Ernest Nnabuihe and Kayode George

  21. Insurgency, Terrorism, Militancy, and African Regionalism
  22. Francis Chigozie Chilaka

  23. Political Succession and Regional Integration in Africa
  24. Ikenna Mike Alumona

  25. The African Union and Its Expanding Role in Peace Keeping and Conflict Resolution in the Post-Cold War Era
  26. Nicholas Idris Erameh


  27. Developmental Regionalism and Democratisation in Africa
  28. Ashindorbe Kelvin & Kingsley Chigozie Udegbunam

  29. Developmental Regionalism Strategies and Gender in Africa: A Study of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)
  30. Omokiniovo Harriet Efanodor-Obeten

  31. Multilateralism and Regional Trade Agreements: The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  32. Stephen Nnaemeka Azom

  33. Globalisation and Modern African Regionalism

Victor Chibuike Obikaeze





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Ernest Toochi Aniche is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Federal University Otuoke (FUO), Nigeria.

Ikenna Mike Alumona  is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Nigeria.

Inocent Moyo is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Zululand, South Africa.