n Conflict Trends - Going global

Volume 2001, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The central theme of the Africa-France Summit (which took place in Yaounde from 17-19 January 2001) was to discuss how prepared Africa is for globalisation. Bala Usman, a renowned Nigerian political scientist, defined globalisation as 'an empty political cliché with a neocolonial outfit'. His compatriot, Tade Akin Aina, declared globalisation as a new phase of capitalist expansion, focussed on exploitation, accumulation, inequality and polarisation. In its most basic form, Sengalese writer, Demba Moussa Dembele, regards globalisation and structural adjustment programmes as being among the main instruments of the West's recolonisation strategy of the African continent.

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