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Bethuel K. Kinuthia and Ton Dietz

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African Engagements

Africa Negotiating an Emerging Multipolar World

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Edited by Ton Dietz, Kjell Havnevik, Mayke Kaag and Terje Oestigaard

With the end of the Cold War, the world seemed to move from a bipolar to a unipolar system, with the neoliberal West globally imposing its laws. However, it has been acknowledged that other actors, such as China, India and Brazil, have become increasingly influential, helping to lead to a new multipolarity at the global level. The question of what this emerging multipolarity means for Africa is important. Will Africa become crushed in a mounting struggle over raw materials and political hegemony between superpowers and fall victim to a new scramble for Africa? Or does this new historic conjuncture offer African countries and groups greater room for negotiation and manoeuvring, eventually leading to stronger democracy and enhanced growth? The chapters in this volume offer food for thought on how Africa’s engagements with the world are currently being reshaped and revalued, and, importantly—on whose terms?
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Akinyinka Akinyoade, Ton Dietz, Dick Foeken and Wijnand Klaver

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Asian Tigers, African Lions

Comparing the Development Performance of Southeast Asia and Africa

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Edited by Bernard Berendsen, Ton Dietz, H.G.C. Schulte Nordholt and Roel van der Veen

Asian Tigers, African Lions is an anthology of contributions by scholars and (former) diplomats related to the ‘Tracking Development’ research project, funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and coordinated by the African Studies Centre and KITLV, both in Leiden, in collaboration with scholars based in Africa and Asia. The project compared the performance of growth and development of four pairs of countries in Southeast Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa during the last sixty years. It tried to answer the question how two regions with comparable levels of income per capita in the 1950s could diverge so rapidly. Why are there so many Asian tigers and not yet so many African lions? What could Africa learn from Southeast Asian development trajectories?

This book has won the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award 2014!
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Edited by Bernard Berendsen, Ton Dietz, Henk Schulte Nordholt and Roel van der Veen

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Edited by Bernard Berendsen, Ton Dietz, Henk Schulte Nordholt and Roel van der Veen