New Chatham House Report “Our Common Strategic Interests: Africa’s Role in the Post-G8 World”

Chatham House website. This new paper agues that African countries are playing a more strategic role in international affairs. Global players that understand this and develop greater diplomatic and trade relations with African states will be greatly advantaged.
For many countries, particularly those that have framed their relations with Africa largely in humanitarian terms, this will require an uncomfortable shift in public and policy perceptions. But without this shift, many of Africa’s traditional partners, especially in Europe and North America, will lose global influence and trade advantages to the emerging powers in Asia, Africa and South America. China’s re-engagement is for the most part welcome, as is that of the increasing numbers of emerging powers such as Turkey, South Korea and Brazil that see Africa in terms of opportunities – as a place in which to invest, gain market share and win access to resources.
The report also argues that economic fortunes across Africa are now diverging, making it less meaningful to treat Africa as a single entity in international economic negotiations. However, it also claims that it is in the global interest that the African Union should be granted a permanent place at the G20 and that in turn, a more focused, sophisticated and strategic African leadership is needed.

Access the full report and its executive summary.

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