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By T. Haastrup

This ebook analyses protection cooperation within the area of inter-regionalism, addressing the emergence of the African Union as a nearby actor and its effect on EU-Africa relatives. It explores the transformative capability of safety cooperation for equality, partnership and native possession in EU-Africa kin.

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As Youngs (2008) notes, however, this linkage is hardly remarkable and is indeed obvious (p. 1). Moreover, the substantive effects of this linkage have been difficult to ascertain in EU foreign policy practice (see also Bello, 2012). Nevertheless, the linking of security to development has implications for the internal dynamics of EU institutions. While the link is increasingly accepted, within the EU the implementation of this nexus has the potential to create rivalries 18 Charting Transformation through Security among the key actors: the European Commission, which is charged with development policies, and the European Council, representing member states charged with external security engagement.

For Western European countries after World War II, with the emergence of the Cold War, the Soviet Union and communism became the main threats to security, not African countries. The ‘security’ engagement in Africa by foreign countries was limited to the United States’ and the Soviet Union’s support for proxy regimes. Otherwise, Europeans (with the exception of France) were absent from Africa’s security landscape. This book contributes a new dimension to the existing literature on and knowledge of EU–Africa relations.

This is important in reviewing the progress of the JAES. The formation of the AU and new structures also contributed to the inter-regionalisation of security cooperation. The AU’s predecessor, the OAU, was incapable of providing the partnership needed on the African side. Indeed the OAU Charter highlighted a resistance to engagement with Europeans in the realm of security, which was perceived as interference, a potential breach of state sovereignty (OAU Charter, 1963). The Charter emphasised the protection of territorial integrity, directed against the possibility of intervention from former colonial powers.

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