n Journal of African Union Studies - An analysis on the African 'Monroe Doctrine' failure in the 21st century

Volume 4 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2050-4292
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4306


The doctrine of 'African solutions to African problems,' was propounded by African leaders at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. The doctrine is hereby equated to the declaration by the USA president James Monroe in 1812, popularly known as the Monroe Doctrine. This paper argues that this declaration by African leaders was a form of an African Monroe Doctrine (AMD), which while calling for the Euro-American world to limit its interference, was not a call for African isolation. The paper also argues that this doctrine has not been a totally successful doctrine due to both external and internal reasons.

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