The Future Nexus of African Foreign Policies, International Institutions, and Developmental Regionalism
  • Timothy M. Shaw
Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)


This conclusion/projection suggests that the quarter of the world’s states that are African can yet contribute to global development/security/governance as the North enters a period of ambivalence about, if not retreat from, positive global engagement. This conclusion suggests that the diversion away from international order/peace of the USA under Trump, the UK under May and the European Union can be positive for African agency/development if the continent can seize the unprecedented space to advance its own ‘developmental’ states and regionalisms (Kyung-Sup 2012). I situate such possibilities of Africa’s enhanced prospects in terms of a changing global political economy in which ‘new’ economies, companies and technologies are ‘emerging’ along with, contrary, non-traditional security (NTS) threats. In response, novel forms of transnational ‘network’ governance are being conceived and charted to advance sustainable developmental states and regionalisms and innovative ‘foreign policy’ stances outside established, but increasingly dysfunctional and ossified, interstate institutions.


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  • Timothy M. Shaw
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