Policy Press

Key Issues in African Diplomacy

Developments and Achievements

Edited by Sven Botha and Jo-Ansie van Wyk

Published

Jun 25, 2024

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529222579

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 25, 2024

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529222586

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 25, 2024

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529222586

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Key Issues in African Diplomacy

Africa’s unique position as an international diplomatic actor has not always been given the attention it deserves. This volume bridges this gap by offering a fresh, comprehensive and realistic overview of African diplomacy.

The book examines African diplomatic practice. Chapters explore how different types of diplomacy have developed over time, including energy diplomacy, economic diplomacy and quiet diplomacy. Crucially, the book assesses how certain events have allowed Africa to use certain types of diplomacy to yield better outcomes for itself.

Including contributions from an international team of scholars, policy makers and experts from the diplomatic world, the book provides a comprehensive guide to African diplomacy and challenges the current dominant usage of Northern perspectives on diplomacy studies.

“Among the rich, unsung stories of both successes and failures of African diplomacy, scholars and policy makers will find insights in this volume. It calls for an intensified deployment of African diplomatic practices in international relations, and is an invaluable addition to the growing interest in ‘African agency’.” Francis Onditi, Riara University

Sven Botha is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. Sven is also the Director of the Professors Without Borders Think Tank.

Jo-Ansie van Wyk is a Professor of International Politics in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.

1. Introducing African Diplomacy as a Field of Study - Sven Botha and Jo-Ansie van Wyk

2. An Overview of the Evolution of Diplomacy in Europe and Africa - François Theron

3. Common African Positions as Diplomatic Instruments - Jo-Ansie van Wyk

4. South Africa’s Economic Diplomacy and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Challenges and Prospects - Sanusha Naidu, Faith Mabera and Arina Muresan

5. Prospects for Smart Diplomacy and its use in the Foreign Policies of African Small Island Developing States - Suzanne Graham and Victoria Graham

6. Maritime Diplomacy and the African Maritime Agenda - Francois Vreÿ

7. Twitter Diplomacy and its Use and Practice in Africa - Suzanne Graham and Victoria Graham

8. The Quiet Diplomacy of the Chibok Abductions - Sven Botha

9. Diplomatic Conduit: The Role of Science Diplomacy in Africa - Lesley Masters

10. Africa’s Health Diplomacy - Jo-Ansie van Wyk

11. Ghana’s Cultural Diplomacy - Sandra Asafo-Adjei

12. Morocco’s Cultural Diplomacy with Africa - Faiza Koubi

13. Understanding Knowledge Diplomacy in Africa - Jane Knight

14. African Agency: The Case of Russian Nuclear Programme’s in Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, and Zambia - Dzvinka Kachur and Robyn Foley

15. Challenges and Triumphs for Women Leaders in African Diplomacy - Jennifer Chiriga, Rudo Chitiga, and Hesphina Rukato

16. African Diplomacy: An Agenda for Practice and Research - Jo-Ansie van Wyk and Sven Botha