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n Journal for Contemporary History - The challenges of diplomatic practice in Africa

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
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Abstract

Diplomacy has been used in the conduct of foreign policies in Africa. However, a disconcerting trend in the practice of diplomacy in Africa is the often limited successes, and sometimes failures, of states and regional organisations in achieving foreign policy objectives. Remarkably, such failures are not only typical of diplomacy targeting external actors, but are equally visible in intra-African diplomacy. By and large the diplomatic skills of Africa are tested mostly during periods of conflicts and threats to regional security. In most of these situations, diplomacy has proved to be ineffective in achieving desired outcomes. Consequently, most conflicts remain unresolved, while threats to good governance persist. The failures of diplomacy are largely due to a confluence of factors, including the quality of diplomacy and mediators, the pervasiveness of conflicts, Africa's lack of international influence, its dependence on external actors and consequent lack of assertiveness, as well as Africa's lack of courage to stand up to errant leaders whose actions threaten good governance and regional security.

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2016-06-01
2016-12-10

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