Contemporary Africa and the Foreseeable World Order sheds light on the place of "Africa Agency” in the competitive and changing global system. This book provides scholars, policymakers, and other stakeholders studying and working on African issues with innovative solutions, strategies, knowledge, insights, case studies, and analyses to support decision-making on how best African states should position themselves in the dynamic global system in order to influence key decisions. Featuring themes such as the African Union (AU) and the consequences of the discovery of oil in the non-traditional oil exporting countries, the editors and contributors have demonstrated why and how Africa’s position in the foreseeable world order is largely dependent on the influence of both existing and emerging world powers.
Many essays, books, and studies covering the continent of Africa focus on the past, yet editors Francis Onditi, Gilad Ben-nun, Cristina D’Alessandro, and Zach Levey organize a forward-looking anthology analyzing important political, geopolitical, ethical, theoretical, and practical issues facing the continent while avoiding simplistic afro-pessimism and afro-optimism dichotomies. . . . The best essays take a clear-eyed view of the challenges facing countries on the continent, while applying careful analysis regarding solutions and opportunities. . . . Overall, this collection features many strong chapters addressing issues with which the continent and world will soon grapple. . . the essays advance important arguments that could shape future discourse.
For researchers and students looking to understand intra-African geopolitics, particularly in East Africa, this book would be useful. While it contributes to ‘dispelling the notion that Africa is a “dark” continent that can provide the international system with neither leadership nor inspiration’ (p. 399), it should also act as a call to further examine the role of African states and institutions in the shifting sands of international geopolitics.