African regionalism
External influences and continental shaping forces
in The European Union in Africa
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This chapter examines the European Union's (EU) promotion of regional integration and inter-regionalism in the context of the Joint Africa-EU Strategic (JAES) Partnership. It considers the rationale behind the EU's adoption of regional integration as external policy and how or whether this defines the EU as a normative actor. The chapter also considers the JAES in detail, identifying the historical origins and the objectives of strategic partnership, the institutional architecture and the respective principal regional actors, and the challenges and limitations of the partnership. It focuses on the case of joint cooperation to develop the provision of infrastructure on the African continent, followed by a review of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) as intra- and inter-regional integration agreements. The chapter concludes with a summary of the prospects and limitations of the JAES as a case of inter-regionalism and as a concrete initiative to promote security and development in Africa.

The European Union in Africa

Incoherent policies, asymmetrical partnership, declining relevance?

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