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Africa South of the Sahara

The main political and economic developments in each of the 53 countries and territories of the region are comprehensively narrated and examined in the fully revised online edition of Africa South of the Sahara (the 48th in print). Readers’ perspectives are further expanded by the General Survey, a collection of introductory essays providing in-depth analysis of current economic trends, an assessment of aid and development initiatives over the past 100 years, an insight into the phenomenon of failed states and the repercussions of, and responses to, state failure in sub-Saharan Africa, an examination of the People’s Republic of China’s increasing political and economic ties with the African continent, details of the burgeoning relationship between Brazil and Africa, and a discussion of France’s ongoing involvement in Africa. General Survey Economic Trends in Africa South of the Sahara State Failure in Africa: Causes, Consequences and Responses A Century of Development: Policy and Process in Sub-Saharan Africa Beyond Françafrique—the State of Relations Between France and Africa A Year of Problems for China in Africa Brazil’s Declining Engagement with Africa European Colonial Rule in Africa Read more 

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« Contestations islamisées : le Sénégal, entre diplomatie d’influence et islam politique » Bakary Sambe

    Bakary Sambe: “Senegal is experiencing the geopolitical paradox of being, at one and the same time, the continuum and sub-Saharan depth of the Arab-Muslim world and a traditional strategic partner of the Western powers. Long penetrated by the ideological trends that fuel political Islam, it remains, for the time being, an “island of stability in an ocean of instability” at the heart of political and security developments in West Africa. In the Sahel where these same Western powers and those of the Arab-Persian Gulf are in search of unrestrained oases of influence. The Islamist political disputes and the old claims for the recognition of the “Arabophonie” of a country-symbol of the “Francophonie” are at the heart of this book exposing the socio-political vulnerabilities of Senegal, often hidden, facing an elite struggle with contradictory socialisations”. Bakary Sambe provides a detailed analysis of these burning issues in a context where the tense security situation, the rise of extremism and the dangers linked to transnational terrorism paradoxically impose on the “secular” states of the region and elsewhere management of the religious. Read More  

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