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‘Strategic Partnerships’: The European Union’s Quest for Global Clout

"The European Union (EU) has revisited many of its external policies with the view to strengthen its relations with strategic partners in the developing world, and to boost its visibility as a pivotal political actor on the global stage. These step…

Africa's Challenges in International Trade and Regional Integration: What Role for Europe?

"The challenges that Africa faces in trade and regional integration are legion, and well documented. In this brief we attempt to summarise them against the backdrop of Africa’s broad development priorities. We then explore the ‘demand’ and ‘supply’ …

South & Southern Africa: lessons from emerging markets

"The rapidly evolving process of globalisation has posed a number of key economic challenges for South and Southern Africa. Globalisation has resulted in a rapid acceleration of economic activity across borders, where knowledge has become increas…

MERCOSUR & SADC regional integration in the South

"The process of globalisation is sustained by, and produces, national and regional interdependencies.But in contrast to the Cold War emphasis on regionalism in the form of collective security arrangements, there has been a new emphasis on regional…

Going Public: How Africa's integration can work for the poor

"In the heyday of African nationalism, the continent’s founding fathers plotted their vision of pan-African unity. The twin paths of closer political and economic integration appeared to them as the only means to achieve dignity, prosperity and sec…

What are the Potential Benefits and Pitfalls of a Free Trade Area in the Southern African Region

"Integration can take many forms and as such, the question necessarily arises; is a free trade area the ideal mechanism for the Southern African region? Even if it is the ideal mechanism in a theoretical sense, is the Southern African Development …

Implementing Development Corridors: Lessons from the Maputo Corridor

"The Maputo Development Corridor is the largest and most successful development corridor initiative thus far in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, if not within Africa as a whole. It has overcome a range of challenges to make …

Africa-Atlantic Integration: Can the Economy Unite What Geology has Divided? / L’intégration Afrique-Atlantique : L’économie peut-elle Réunir ce qui a été Séparé par la Géologie ?

The Atlantic basin situated in the Northern part of the country, holds a strategic place in the global economy given the systemic importance it represents. However, this area remains very heterogeneous with significant differences between the econom…

L'Exécution Forcée des Obligations de faire Résultant des Pactes de Préférence dans les Cessions d’actions / The Enforcement of Bonds which Resulted from Agreements with sale of Shares

The power of constraint has evolved considerably since the Roman era. In ancient Roman law, the relationship was strictly personal, the creditor could, for reasons of non-performance, capture the debtor and according to the times, have him killed or…

The AU/NEPAD and Africa's Evolving Governance and Security Architecture

There is no question that the establishment of the African Union and the adoption of the NEPAD are good auguries for Africa’s quest for political stability, regional integration and economic development. There is also no question that African leader…

CEDEAO, la voie difficile vers l’Eco, la monnaie unique / ECOWAS, the Difficult Path towards Eco, the Single Currency

Since 2000, according to an approach and timetable that has been repeatedly changed, the 15 members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have expressed their willingness to accelerate the monetary integration process in the regi…

Uneven Integration: The Case of Angola

Angola’s prospects for reconstruction and development of its poor connectivity infrastructure are heavily dependent upon the export performance of its oil sector. Using an interregional input-output table for Angola, we estimate comprehensive measur…

The Strategic Extension of the United Arab Emirates: Determinants, Objectives and some Implications for the Horn of Africa

Increasingly, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) strengthens its position within the Arab region that is of strong geopolitical attributes. There has never been as much diplomatic and military activism in the UAE’s history as in the last decade. Such a …

Africa's Integration: Not an Option, but an Imperative

Implementation of AfCFTA brings with it prospects of freer trade within the continent, and the development of Africa’s internal markets. AfCFTA has the potential to generate jobs, lift wages, spur innovation, increase competition, create wealth, gen…

Africa’s Integration: Not an Option, but an Imperative

Regional integration based on the principles of cooperation and coordination has been a tool used by countries and groups of countries to accomplish a wide range of objectives. These range from accessing lucrative markets and investments, securing o…

Has Ghana Taken Liberal Economic Policies too Far — and at What Cost?

Upon the advice of Western financiers who have provided assistance to Ghana for decades, the country has been implementing liberal economic policies that largely emphasise free markets, free trade, private enterprise and limited government. But ar…

Peace & Security Council Report Issue 113

This report analyses, using concrete examples, the potential challenges facing six of the RECs and the resultant implications for the division of labour between them and the AU, looking at peace and security, governance, elections, economic integrat…

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