While Africa is too often regarded as lying on the periphery of the global political arena, this is not the case. African nations have played an important historical role in world affairs. It is with this understanding that the authors in this volume set out upon researching and writing their chapters, making an important collective contribution to our understanding of modern Africa. Taken as a whole, the chapters represent the range of research in African development, and fully tie this development to the global political economy. African nations play significant roles in world politics, both as nations influenced by the ebbs and flows of the global economy and by the international political system, but also as actors, directly influencing politics and economics. It is only through an understanding of both the history and present place of Africa in global affairs that we can begin to assess the way forward for future development.
Table of Contents
Introduction Toyin Falola and Jessica Achberger Part One: Historical Roots of African Underdevelopment 1. Africa and the Making of the Global Environmental Narrative: Challenges and Opportunities for the Continent’s Development Initiatives Martin S. Shanguhyia 2. Indigenization Versus Domiciliation: A Historical Approach to National Content in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry Jesse Salah Ovadia 3. Globalization and Rural Land Conflict in North-West Cameroon: A Historical Perspective Emmanuel M. Mbah 4. Evolving Political Accountability in Kenya Jacob Butler Part Two: Africa in the New Global Economy 5. Towards a Contextualized Appraisal of Securities Regulation in East Africa June McLaughlin 6. The Impact of Changing Global Power Relations on African Governance of Foreign Direct Investment Roshen Hendrickson 7. Globalization and Regional Impulses from the Global South: A Comparative Study of ECOWAS and ASEAN Okpeh Ochayi Okpeh, Jr. 8. The Political Implication of Past and Present Nigerian Financial Crises Muhammed Tanko 9. Transcending an Elitist Approach and Making a Paradigm Shift from Growth Without Development to a "Populist" Development Hauwa'u Evelyn Yusuf and Adefarakan Adedayo Yusuf Part Three: Forging New International Connections 10. The Political Economy of Rising Asian Interests in Africa: Problems, Prospects, and Challenges Olusegun M. Osinibi 11. The Impact of the BRICS Countries on Africa’s Socio-Economic Development in the Post-Cold War Era Alexius Amtaika 12. How Ready is Nigeria for Chinese Investments? John E. Anegbode and Cletus E. Onakalu 13. The New Scramble for Africa? Indo-Kenyan Economic Relations, 1980-2010 Felix Kiruthu, Mary Kinyanjui and Francis Muchoki Part Four: The Way Forward for Twenty-First-Century Development 14. French Foreign Policy in Rwanda: Language, Personal Networks, and Changing Contexts Céline A. Jacquemin 15. The Question of Development in Africa Ebunoluwa O. Oduwole 16. A Critique of the Notion of Africa as the "Third World": Towards a New Perspective Mike O. Odey 17. American Pharmaceutical Influence on Uganda’s HIV/AIDS Relief System Ben Weiss and Jessica Achberger 18. Copenhagen: An African’s Reading on the aftermath of the Copenhagen’s Climate Change Conference (2009) Olivier J. Tchouaffe 19. Globalization and Developing Economies: Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Development in Cross River State, Nigeria Donald Omagu
Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin.
Jessica Achberger is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin.