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Department
International Studies
Course Code
ITS 201
Professor
Kathryn Lafever
Chapter
10

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TEXT CHAPTER 10
There are many failed states in Africa
-Africa needs more political stability for the continent to develop but these failed states
prevent political stability from being maintained
-Africa is less connected to the global economy than any other region in the world.
+This is partly because Africa gained its independence far later than the rest of the
world.
-There have been numerous commodity wars fought on the African continent between
African states as well as foreign powers.
+”Blood Diamonds” have been a source of major conflict in the Congo as well as
other African nations
Sometimes foreign aid sent to African states will actually undermine local African producers
because it doesn’t allow them the chance to develop
-Economic downturn in Africa in 2010 as a result of local production not being allowed
to develop
Instability in the Middle East has made oil rich African states more of a priority for the
international arena
-There is concern about the increase in terrorist activity in Eastern Africa and Nigeria
in recent years
-The United States and China consistently challenge each other’s power in Africa by
outmatching each other’s investments as a way to influence African states
The European Union is making concerted efforts to increase trade with Africa in the hopes of
fostering development on the continent.
-Some African leaders, however, want to focus on intercontinental trade rather than being
dependent on the West for trade.
+They believe this will solidify Africa’s political independence as well as start
Africa’s path toward economic independence from the West
Some African state are looking to India and China for trade instead of being so dependent on the
West
-India is very keen on trade with African states because it believes it will create the kind
of soft power it lacks that its rivals such as China utilize in the international
community
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