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SU004 - Resurgent Continent? Africa and the World

March 2010: To mark the launch of the LSE IDEAS Africa International Affairs Programme this Strategic Update considers the opportunities and the challenges facing the continent.  1960 was designated 'The Year of Africa', a year in which 16 African countries achieved independence. In the intervening 50 years, the promise of political independence and hopes for economic development in Africa have been tarnished by cycles of political instability, episodes of growth and stagnation, and external intervention and violent conflict. Since the end of the Cold War, however, the external discourse on Africa has shifted to speak of change and reform. An African renaissance, while premature,nonetheless seems more possible than at any time in the continent's recent history.


Introduction: African Challenges and Opportunities
Sue Onslow
Head of LSE IDEAS Africa International Affairs Programme

Prospects for Growth in Africa: Learning from Patterns of Long-Term Economic Change
Morten Jerven
Assistant Professor in International Studies, Simon Fraser University

Political Stability: Crucial for Growth?
Ben Shepherd
David Davies of Llandinam fellow, Department of International Relations,LSE

Emerging Powers and Africa
Christopher Alden
Senior Lecturer in International Relations, LSE

Thirst for African Oil
Alex Vines
Director of Regional and Security Studies, Chatham House

African Security and the Securitisation of Development
Knox Chitiyo
Head of Africa Programme, RUSI