P057
Cooperation under asymmetric conditions: Africa and the emerging powers
Convenor:
Mamoudou Gazibo (University of Montreal)
Chair:
Mamoudou Gazibo
Discussant:
Mamoudou Gazibo
Location:
C6.10
Start time:
28 June, 2013 at 10:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The purpose of this panel is to classify and explain the various patterns of African States' cooperation with the main emerging powers (China, India, Brazil, Turkey…) , focusing on what makes it unique (if it is) and whether Africa can benefit this cooperation under asymmetric conditions.

Long abstract:

Over the last decade, we have been witnessing major developments in China-Africa relations. Whether in trade or oil exploitation, the construction of infrastructure or even cultural exchange, it is impossible to count all the sectors in which China and Africa cooperate. In fact, while most of the attention is directed towards China, a revolution is occurring in Africa's international relations following, in china's footsteps, the 'scramble for Africa' of almost all the other major emerging powers such as India, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, or South Korea. This is certainly reconfiguring Africa's position in the world system, particularly with respect to its 'traditional' relations with the western world. At the same time, these new developments are extremely challenging given the great asymmetry between Africa and African States on one hand and these emerging powers on the other. It is not surprising to see the African Union calling a meeting of the task force on Africa's strategic partnership with emerging powers as early as in 2006. Rather than analyzing the relationship in general terms, the purpose of this panel is to classify and explain the various patterns of African States' cooperation with these emerging powers. The panel will particularly explore what makes these relations unique (if they are) and whether Africa can benefit this cooperation under asymmetric conditions.