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Africa ’s Geo-Strategic Future: Politico-Security and Socio-Economic Unity in a Competitive World

Friday 22 February 2013

Today’s competition for African resources is as astounding as never befor witnessed and/or appreciated. Africa is situated at the centre of the globe.

It is, therefore, geographically and strategically important. Second, Africa’s political and security needs, broadly speaking, are increasing, if not worsening. Third, other parts of the world, which constituted ‘harvest gardens’ for global powers, are now either hotly contested or completely inaccessible. Finally, socioeconomic conditions upo which a reliable political and security architecture for Africa would be built, upon which unity and togetherness would be anchored, remain undesirable despite the increasing siphoning out of Africa’s critical resources and imposition of sometimes unworthy practices to divert us and to indirectly protract our dependence on some societies. What is Africa to do with this duality of uncertainty – politico-security and socio-economic – when the globe faces competing relations between two ends of the globe: the West and the East? I briefly address this question here.

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