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By J. Mangala

Over the last decade, Africa’s heart of gravity in global politics has shifted from mere humanitarianism to a strategic view that posits the centrality of the continent as power and normal assets provider, within the struggle opposed to terrorism and different defense threats, and within the globalization of tradition. in addition to those issues, this shift is reflective of 2 defining dynamics. On one hand, political and fiscal reforms have contributed to the expansion of democracy, an development within the monetary outlook, and the strengthening of local governance. nevertheless, the continuing diffusion of world strength is atmosphere the degree for a brand new foreign order within which Africa will more and more subject. This booklet probes the significance and value of those advancements and their implications for Africa’s diplomacy.

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Several cases are instructive. S. government supported the Afrikaner-based local ruling class and its apartheid system economically, politically, and militarily. This was because various American MNCs reaped tremendous profits from the slave-like labor of Africans who worked in the mining, industrial, and other sectors of the South African economy. 50 Subsequently, Lumumba was killed, and replaced by Mobutu Sese Seko, the quintessential autocrat, who served the interests of American imperialism in various ways.

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