Book examines interregionalism between Africa, European Union

The Africa–European Union (EU) Strategic Partnership, established in 2007, is the overarching policy framework that is transforming the way the two regions work together.

The transformative nature of this partnership was part of the motivation for Jack Mangala, associate professor of political science and African studies, to compile his text, “Africa and the European Union — A Strategic Partnership” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Mangala worked to coordinate an interdisciplinary team of scholars from seven different countries to create a text that would examine interregionalism (relationships between regions of the world), specifically, the relationship between the Africa and European Union.

According to Mangala, the text overviews recent changes in EU-Africa relations and evaluates the implementation of the 2007 Joint Strategy.

“EU-Africa relations offer the most advanced form of interregionalism in world politics today,” Mangala said. “More importantly, the book shows how the emergence of complex interdependencies around issues such as immigration, the environment, energy and security, is redefining and changing power dynamics between world regions.”

Not only has the textbook been used by colleagues from other universities that teach European or African international relations, Mangala said it has been well-received by policymakers, policy analysts and a wide range of professionals who are engaged in EU-African issues.

Mangala has published numerous works, including, Africa and the New World Era: From Humanitarianism to a Strategic View (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and New Security Threats and Crises in Africa: Regional and International Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).


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